'Tuffy' on the move
Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
Jermaine 'Tuffy' Anderson could be on the move to a club overseas as there are several clubs showing interest in the striker.
Anderson could miss Waterhouse's remaining two games in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) as the Drewsland club is negotiating a contract for its star striker with Antigua Barracuda in the United States Soccer League (USL), plus others.
"Me on a move to the USL with a club named Antigua Barracuda, so me don't know if I will be here for the remaining two games. That is a 50-50 thing," Anderson disclosed at the end of their RSPL Monday night football match against Tivoli Gardens.
Waterhouse FC president, Ricardo 'Ricky' Chin, confirmed that there are talks with several clubs that have shown interest in Anderson because of his goalscoring ability.
"There are a number of clubs that are interested in him (Anderson), including clubs in Europe. There are talks for him to move. We will look at the best available option," Chin told The Gleaner when contacted yesterday.
Anderson increased his chance of moving abroad when he netted the all-important goal in a 1-0 win against Tivoli Gardens at Waterhouse Stadium in St Andrew.
"I feel that we should have won the league 'cause I have put out the work by scoring 21 goals so far. I also still believe I can help the country in the qualifiers (World Cup). Me a look forward to represent the country same way," said Anderson, who was recently called up to Jamaica's beach football team.
Anderson scored a beauty from just outside the 18-yard box during the second half. The league's leading marksman collected a diagonal pass from substitute Andre Clennon and curled a shot past Tivoli's custodian Edsel 'Robbie' Scott, who could only watch as the ball stiffened the net.
Waterhouse played most of the game with 10 players as Damarley Samuels was ejected at the 34th minute by FIFA referee Courtney Campbell, following a foul challenge on Tivoli's outstanding midfielder, Fabian Campbell. The injured Campbell was rushed to hospital by an ambulance that was on hand. He is suspected to have suffered a broken leg.
At game's end, 'Tuffy' told The Gleaner that although his club cannot win the league, as Harbour View have already claimed the title after a 2-0 win against Boys' Town at Collie Smith Drive last Sunday afternoon, the aim is to finish second.
With two rounds remaining, Harbour View lead with 69 points, while Waterhouse have 62 points, followed by Arnett Gardens in third on 55. With two rounds of games remaining, Waterhouse cannot be passed for second.
"The chairman (Bruce Bicknell) wanted us to qualify for the Club Championship (Caribbean) next season. That is the goal. We just had to deal with that for him," Anderson said.
The game failed to spark before a fair-sized crowd, as both teams were guilty of turning over the ball regularly. Waterhouse looked the better team and despite being reduced to 10 players, they deservedly won the game.
"Our goal is to be in the Club Championships next year," said Waterhouse coach, Anthony Patrick. "That is our motivation for the remaining two games in the league. We've won the game today (Monday night) to maintain second position, so we hope to continue winning. We will also see what we can do with some youngsters."