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D’holden coming to terms with lockdown

Published:Thursday | April 23, 2020 | 12:07 AMLivingston Scott/Gleaner Writer
Vere’s Ricardo Messam was deceived into going the wrong way by Dunbeholden captain Shaquille Dyer (front) during their Red Stripe Premier League match at the Wembley Centre of Excellence in Hayes, Clarendon, on Sunday, February 16.
Vere’s Ricardo Messam was deceived into going the wrong way by Dunbeholden captain Shaquille Dyer (front) during their Red Stripe Premier League match at the Wembley Centre of Excellence in Hayes, Clarendon, on Sunday, February 16.

DUNBEHOLDEN FOOTBALL Club manager Paul Christie said the recent lockdown of St Catherine has made a tough situation even more difficult for the club and its staff living in the parish.

The Government recently ordered a lockdown of the parish, which has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the island; however, the team had already been out of action because of the suspension of the Red Stripe Premier League in March, also because of the pandemic. Christie said his players are feeling the financial burden that this restriction is causing.

“They understand what is happening, but they are feeling the pinch,” he said. “You cut a man’s pay in two, naturally he won’t be able to meet his needs in the same way.

“They understand what is happening in the national and international community, but there is no comfortable player in the Dunbeholden camp right now, we are just seeing if we can ride out this wave.”

NEW REALITY

Christie says the club’s staff residing in the parish are still trying to adapt to their new reality.

“This is new to us and we had no way of planning for this, or to put things in place to deal with the issues that surrounds this, so we are learning as we go along,” he said.

“What we try to insist on and get in the minds of the players is to stay in, stay home. This is not a joke; this is very serious, and we will always have time for football after. But the key is to stay safe and secure your families, as this thing is highly contagious.”

So far, no Dunbeholden personnel or their immediate family members have been found to be infected by the virus, but Christie says that the club is not insisting that players stick to the online training programme provided. They are instead asked to pay more attention to following the government restrictions and staying safe.

“We have sent out personal training plans, but we don’t insist on them doing the sessions because we are trying to heed the words from the Government to stay inside, and we try to lead by example and stay inside as much as possible,” he said.

“What you can do in the confines of your home is all good, but as it relates to going outside, we don’t encourage that.

“This is just a game, life is far more important and we insist on the preservation of life and good health, you can always entertain after,” he said.

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