Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Raphelipa 'Tyson' Banner, coach of Holy Family Primary, champions of the Kingston leg of the inaugural Samsung Cup youth football tournament, said her team has been working very hard in training in preparation for the all-island final of the competition, which will be held at the Stadium East field on December 14.
Holy Family secured their spot in the all-island final with a 1-0 win over Quest Prep last Saturday at the Stadium East field. Holy Family will face the winners of the Montego Bay leg which will be decided tomorrow with the playing of the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final.
Banner told The Gleaner yesterday that her players have got over last Saturday's victory and are now focussed on the all-island final.
"The training has been going well. Everybody has been turning out to training on time," said Banner. "They have been working very hard in training because they are looking forward to the final. This is a big occasion for them, and they really want to win it for the school and for the community," she said.
She added that her players have shown a lot of improvement since the beginning of the tournament, and she is very confident that they will win this year's competition.
"These players are very focused because they know where they are going, and so they just have to go out and win this final," Banner said.
"They are very confident and they have shown it in training because we also have a few players who have won the INSPORTS Primary League competition before, and so they know what it takes to win a competition," she said.
Focus on winning
Banner noted that they are not familiar with the teams in the west, and so they are just focusing on what they need to do to win the game.
"I don't know anything about the other teams in the west because I am focusing on my team and what we need to do on the day to win the competition," Banner said. "My players don't like to lose and so they are determined to win this competition.
The Samsung Youth Cup champions will receive a grand prize of a US$10,000 fully equipped media room.