C'down poised for another victory
Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Former champions Cam-perdown High will go in search of their fourth consecutive victory in the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/LIME Manning Cup football competition today, when they oppose Papine High in a rescheduled game in Group D at Papine High, starting at 3:30 p.m.
Camperdown, who are coming off a hard-fought 2-1 victory over the previously unbeaten Haile Selassie on Monday, will start as the favourites to win today's encounter.
The East Kingston-based institution, which last won the trophy in 1982, leads the standings with nine points from three matches. Haile Selassie are second in the group on nine points from four games, followed by Bridgeport (six), Greater Portmore (four), Papine (three) and Dunoon on zero.
Christopher Bender, coach of Camperdown High, who was a member the school's winning Manning Cup team in 1982, is optimistic, but cautious about their chances.
"We are approaching the game with a positive mindset because we are going there expecting to perform well, work hard and, as a consequence of this, we should get a good result," said Bender.
"My team is right where I want them to be in terms of our fitness and in terms of how we possess the ball because we have been creating a lot of chances, and so I am happy with their overall progress," he said.
The coach added that despite his opponents' poor form in the competition, they are not going to take them lightly.
signs of chikungunya
Meanwhile, Phillip Robinson, coach of Papine High, whose record stands at one win and two losses, said illness to a number of key players has affected their performance.
"We have been unfortunate so far because we have been having players showing signs of the chikungunya virus before every match," said Robinson.
"This has affected us all season and so it is going to be hard for us to predict what will happen in this game," he said.
Robinson added: "However, we will be giving it our best shot because we are not just in it to participate, but we have a young squad and they have been performing creditably well so far."
We are approaching the game with a positive mindset because we are going there expecting to perform well, work hard and, as a consequence of this, we should get a good result.