Osmar Ibáñez: “Soccer in Asia is a cyclone: ​​you don’t know where you are going to fall”

first_imgHow did it go in Japan?To be honest, my time in Japan was bittersweet. It is a league that I have always liked because, in terms of level, it is the best in Asia. But I would have liked to do something else. It was strange because I was loaned to a club in which there were more foreigners than allowed and we had to play tricks to distribute the minutes. They didn’t put me in my position either, and because of this and many other factors, I had a bittersweet taste. But overall I had a great time. I visited a lot of stadiums, discovered a new way of training and learned a lot in the J-League.Lotina arrived at Cerezo Osaka when it was her turn to return from her loan and she wanted him to stay.It would have been fine, but it couldn’t be. They told me that he asked the club to continue, but there are things that the players never found out about.With whom he did come to agree was Iniesta.Kobe and Osaka are very close and we lived in the same building. One that was meant for offices and expats. Sometimes we crossed paths, but I was so nervous that I didn’t know whether or not to approach. I wanted to welcome him to Japan and ask him if he needed anything because I had already been there for a few months and several years in Asia, but on the other hand I did not dare. At the end we crossed a few words in the hotel or in the games, but it was all very light. I would have liked to have a drink with him and talk about real football.And what did you think of Iniesta at short distances?Brilliant. Once I did not know whether to approach or not he was the one who came to greet me. I thought ‘look, he’s a normal guy’. I left with the idea that he was a super humble guy and that despite everything he has achieved he would put on his tracksuit just like me and he would talk to me as equals. Sometimes we think that great players are not like that, but Iniesta is.Let’s talk about FC Seoúl. What are the goals for 2020?Hopefully we can celebrate a title, but I will not be so brave to say that we are going to fight for the K-League. It would be little cautious, although I believe that we will be able, if we do not mess it up much, to give war. There are two teams ahead, Jeonbuk and Ulsan, who invest much more and take the best players. This year we have a good squad. Normally we had a good 11 starter and two or three substitute guarantees; This season I see up to 20 very good players, anyone can enter 11. We have options on the bench which is something that years ago we had missed. The coach insists a lot on not thinking that we are going to win anything. We will go game by game because next year Korea will take away a Champions place. It will be necessary to squeeze the ass to return to classify. “They said that if I didn’t stay in Spain I would end up retiring soon” “I’m sure I live better than some of the footballers who play in the Spanish First Division” Osmar Ibáñez, FC Seoul player At 31 years old, Osmar Ibáñez (Santoña, 1988) has become the envy of all Spanish soccer players who migrate to Asia. In 2012, at just 24 years old, he signed for the Buriram of Thailand. There he won six titles before leaving for South Korea, where he continues to defend the FC Seoul jersey. In between he lived a loan to the Japanese Cherry Osaka. The season ended with “bittersweet flavor”, but he was able to meet Andrés Iniesta: “Sometimes we crossed the corridors, but I was so nervous that I did not know whether to approach or not”, remember.Facing his fifth season in South Korea, would it have been possible without the brave decision to go to Thailand in 2012? How do you remember it?It was brave because when I decided to sign for Buriram I did it with enough fear. Many soccer people even came to think of me as crazy. They said that where I was 24 years old, that I would either stay in Spain or I would end up retiring soon. Luckily it went well. I am not Iniesta, I do not have a poster in Spain, but I hope I have served as an example for other players. They said it would not amount to anything and I ended up making a career in football.Wasn’t it a lot of pressure to go from playing for Racing to being forced to fight for titles in Thailand? Was I prepared for that?When I got there I wasn’t ready because nobody teaches you how to deal with it. They are situations that you are encountering. It is natural selection: if you do not get used to it and do not make that pressure part of your day to day, you leave and the next one passes. I got used to it and even liked it. With Buriram United I won six titles in two years. I got used to winning, but I haven’t let the pressure to do it affect me at any time. I wore it and still carry it naturally.He now plays in South Korea, but also competed on loan in Japan. Why did you temporarily leave for Cerezo Osaka in 2018?Things got a little murky in Seoul. There were many changes in the club. They changed the coach and I noticed a change in mentality. I did not see them with the ambition of wanting to continue on top, to continue growing. They did things that I didn’t like, I didn’t understand or nobody knew how to explain me well. I needed to get out and we looked for the option to go to Japan, to Cerezo Osaka. It was a league that I liked and I wanted to know if I was able to perform at a good level there. In the end we all won because the directive changed, the previous coach returned and, then yes, I returned. Seoul where I want to be.Time proved him right. With his return, FC Seoul returned to the Champions League positions.I am not going to say that it was for me because in football they include many factors, but the results did end up proving me right. Before going to Japan we had a team made to fight to be on top. Then everything changed: they stopped investing and trusted young and inexperienced players. They tried to save, which is fine, but you can’t have everything. While I was away, the coach returned, changed the directive and returned the mentality of having FC Seoul fighting to play the Champions League every year. Osmar Ibáñez, FC Seoul player At what point do you see the Asian footballer and in particular the South Korean? Do you think they will be more autonomous in the short term?The big difference between training in Europe and Asia are the exercises to think, to make decisions, to put yourself in new situations … The European is getting used to solving situations without a boss who says what to do at all times. Asian football in general and South Korean in particular is tied to the guidelines given by the coach. He tells them: you pass it and then you run. The players always do it, 10 times out of 10. I tell them that the coach gives them options, but they are the ones who have the ball, if they don’t see it, they don’t. They lack that freedom a bit, but they don’t grow with it either. That said, especially South Korea is a great factory for footballers and they are getting smarter every day. Physically, in addition, they tend to be strong, powerful … It is a factory that should be paid attention. There are many clubs, especially Germans and English, who are already trying to fish in the quarries here. With their natural qualities and a training based on decision making, they are players who can grow a lot.Besides helping footballers to improve individually, what is their role in the team? Do they ask for more just because you are a foreigner?Totally. Here foreigners are always seen differently because, in fact, the club invests much more money in them than in locals. Something more, something different is expected … For the years that I have been in the club and because there are not many older players that I am staying as one of the veterans, with a lot of experience, many games … It is not that they ask me too much but they know that there is a foreigner there who tries to organize, help … They cannot qualify me for the goals I score but for everything else. Talk, organize, relate well with colleagues … They trust that. I try to fail a little, I am quite regular and I give them confidence. They are used to the foreigner saving their asses on certain occasions. We tried…Do you live well in Seoul?I like a lot. It is true that there are people who come and soon run away, but I like it. You have to make yourself live in a macro city. Get used to having a lot of people, a lot of traffic … But the options it gives you to spend your days off or some holidays are limitless, not many cities in Spain give you. It is also another lifestyle. In Spain we like to go outside, the ‘terrace’. And here that does not exist. I am not going to say, yes, that Seoul is better or worse than any city in Spain. I speak super well of both places.He made his debut in First in Spain, but has ended up making a career in Asia. He is the only Spanish footballer in the K-League. Do you think you are valued enough?As my career in Spain was without further ado, what I have achieved in Asia is underestimated. As I was not able to play in any large team, they believe that if I have managed to have continuity in one of the best leagues in Asia, it is because the level is low. But my case, like those of Iniesta, Torres or Villa, have helped other footballers lose their fear of leaving Spain, living a good life and enjoying what would have been very difficult to achieve at home. But of course, I am not recognized because I do not have the curriculum that supports me as Iniesta. If Iniesta wanted to return to Spain tomorrow, he would have zero problems finding a team. Others, for obvious reasons, do not have as many doors to knock on.What do you blame this contempt for?To ignorance. Sometimes it only comes from Asia that there is a lot of money. Usually the matches are not seen in Spain. But the few people who have been able to contact me or with whom I have spoken in the fields speak very well to me, they often say that how good it has been to make a career and link so many years. Once you arrive in Asia you don’t know what will become of you because it is a cyclone: ​​you don’t know where you are going to fall. There are teams with a lot of money that you don’t even know where they are on the map. Or owners with whom it is very difficult to work. Although I have done very well, the conditions normally do not exist. And only the next one realizes how difficult it is. Not because of the level, but because of everything else. There are those who appreciate that I have been here for eight years and that makes me proud.Do you think you live better than some Primera players in Spain?In stability, it sure is. I had to play in First and I did not know where the hosts came from. What if the press, what if the fans, what if they don’t pay you … I got screwed years, I hope that things are calmer now, at least on the issue of payments. It is true that I in Asia have achieved both economic and sports stability. I am not concerned with cashing out or playing. In that aspect, I’m sure I live better than some of the footballers who play in the Spanish First Division.He has won titles in Thailand and Korea and has also played in Japan. What remains for you to achieve in Asia?Logically the biggest objective is the Champions League. I have played it for several years and it is a competition that I like. Motivate to play it. But it’s very complicated. Asia is a very large continent, it has very large clubs with increasingly important players. Hulk, Iniesta … It is very difficult to win it, so at the moment I am content to play it, enjoy and feel like a great footballer those days.Don’t you think about enjoying other experiences? Would you like to finish your career in Korea?I don’t think much about moving. You never know why markets in Asia are crazy, but since I came back from Japan I have the idea of ​​staying in Korea. I am celebrating my birthday and have already made a career at FC Seoul. And now I have family, children … It is difficult to move them, so I will try to help the club until they leave me. From the grass, but also trying to establish ideas brought from Europe. Seoul is where I want to be. The club has given me many things, the coach too. I must continue enjoying and if I can win some more … perfect title.last_img read more

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Atlético can recover Caio Henrique in summer

first_imgLike or not Gremio, Atleti can recover in summer, although it is in the middle of the Brazilian soccer course (from January to December), to the side, who can also act in the center of the field. From there, it will assess if you add it to your template, in which he only has a man for the left lane, Renan Lodi, or if he makes cash taking advantage of his pull in the market to prepare for the next economic crisis.Waiting for market datesDespite being happy in Gremio, the footballer’s priority, as this newspaper has recounted, is to return to dressing as a rojiblanco. AND his second preference, making the leap to Europe, a path that many of his teammates have already traveled in the Brazilian Olympic in recent times. His chances of returning to Madrid in January were zero due to his status as a non-EU member, while Atleti had a full seat, but Caio will obtain the passport when the coronavirus restrictions leave him. It is an extra attraction and very important for teams interested in it.It is the virus, precisely, the factor that conditions everything. Not knowing when the competition will resume in Europe and how the transfer windows will work afterwards, the clubs are very limited. And waiting for how the situation evolves is Caio, who ideally was going to face a new stage in Europe this 2020 and is now at the expense of the pandemic. Due to his growth, the initial idea was that, to study what was best with Caio in these months. His confirmation in Brazil, standing out in Fluminense, reaching the Guild and consolidating himself in the U-23 Selection, has put him in the showcase. And in Europe they are moving for it, specifically from England, Italy, Germany and France. With a contract until 2023, its clause is 30 million of euros. 19center_img Caio Henrique (Sao Paulo, 22 years old) wants to return to Atlético and Atlético has to decide his future in the next market or, if things get too complicated, in January. Currently there are different options on the table, all in the air from the coronavirus, but in the Wanda they have full maneuvering power. AS has learned that there is a clause in the player’s transfer agreement to Gremio that allows Atleti to interrupt the loan this summer.last_img read more

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Garrido: “Álvaro Cervera has taught me how to win”

first_imgThe midfielder of the Cadiz, Jon Ander Garrido He was the protagonist of a virtual meeting organized by the Cadista club. The Basque chatted with fans for half an hour in which he resolved the doubts of the fans. Some partner also participated in the meeting and joked with Garrido. The footballer is a key player in the starting eleven of Álvaro Cervera accompanied by José Mari. The of Bilbao He claims to be flattered by the fans, but keeps his feet on the ground. “When I pass by the Carranza they say nice things to me, but I don’t come up for that either. I will try to stay as long as possible, but I won’t be until I drag myself. Whenever I am here in Cádiz it will be to give the maximum. When I see that the time has come I’ll have to go. “ Garrido acknowledges that before starting the games what he feels is nervousness“At home a little more because you have to show people what you are worth. You always have a nervousness that when the referee whistles it disappears. You want to enjoy too, that’s what it’s all about, running, fighting and winning.” Of the stands, his favorite songs are: “I really like the song of ‘por un Cádiz revolutionary’. The hymn playing in Carranza is also very cool.”As for the competition, graceful he is clear that what he wants is promotion. “I honestly prefer to be promoted without having to play, there would be no risk of not ascending, but it is practically impossible for that to happen. I think 100% will be played and if we can win it on the field much better “.The footballer spoke of Cervera, “is the best coach I have ever had, the one who has taught me the most to win and compete well. I stay with him clearly even if the ball sounds. “Confinement takes him well because he claims to be very homey. “My day to day is walking the dogs and spending time with my girlfriend. I keep doing that, so I miss the teammates and training, but I know we will be there soon.”And about daily workouts, “Every Sunday they send us the plan for the week and each one does what they send at home with the aim that when we return we are in shape and that it costs us as little as possible to compete again. “ 5 Garrido was injured before training was suspended Because of the quarantine, the Basque claims to be recovering slowly. “I am better, I am doing everything possible to recover, but it is costing although I think I am going to arrive because we still have time. It is being tough, but with the doctors and physios that we have, there is less left.”José Mari, his partner in the center of the field, wanted to join the talk by sending him the following message, “Why are you so fucking good?”. graceful he joked that it was he who had asked him to write it for him and replied, “Skinny, you really are good.”Garrido says that he gets along well with all the costumes because it is a very good human group, but with those who get along the best are, “with the skinny (José Mari), with Cifu, with Marcos, with Iza it’s the one I sleep with every time we play outside … with many. “The man from Bilbao highlighted Darwin Machis as the best footballer with whom he has shared a team, “Darwin makes a little difference, he is on another level. And the best rival, I was lucky to play in Carranza against Isco, James and the great Cheryshev. I have a pretty bad memory of Isco and James, they broke your legs. We were also at another level, they had the First level. “After so many years in Cadiz, the midfielder defines the club as “a very familiar team. The fans made you feel professional in Second B, and now we are professionals, but you feel in another league, on a higher level. That makes every day give everything, you really feel it. “And also, he admits that he always trusted to do something great in the cadista club. “I have always thought that in Cádiz I could do great things. We were close to climbing to Segunda on several occasions, which is doing something great. When I returned to Cádiz I only thought about staying, succeeding and being able to do my best. “Although Garrido admits not seeing much soccerYes, there is a team from which nothing is lost. “I have always been from Athletic, I am a member, and it is the only team that I swallow the matches “.On his goal celebration, raising his fist to heaven, he clarifies that, “it is a symbol of struggle, also directed at ‘Baguetina’, who was always with us at heart. It is an antifascist symbol against injustice.”graceful He is a well-liked player for the fans of Cadiz, but consider that it takes a lot of work to become a legend. “I don’t know if I see myself as a legend, but I do see myself as a player who will be here for many gamesFrom there to legend there is a stretch. We have in Cádiz Mágico, Mejías … You have to do more than being here for many years or playing many games. “last_img read more

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AFE asks for protocol and asks what will happen if there are infected

first_imgAFE stressed that the performance of the tests will be endorsed by Health, as it has always asked for, as well as that it exposed the need for “have a roadmap and a protocol that enables and guarantees health on the way back to training and competition“The union also asked this Thursday about what would happen if there is a contagion when the group training starts, which is a concern expressed for a long time by the soccer team. The Association of Spanish Soccer Players (AFE) indicated that it is waiting for the protocol of the Higher Sports Council (CSD) to be made public for the return to training announced by him and stressed that they will carry out tests endorsed by Health as he had always asked for.After the meeting of the Task Force to Promote Sport (GTID) and the announcement by the CSD of the authorization of its protocol by the Ministry of Health, the footballers’ union commented that no one from the group of which it is also a member knows the document in detail, although it has been pointed out that the concerns of the members of the group are collected.last_img read more

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Sergio Ramos: “I prefer to play at the Bernabéu than at Valdebebas, but I vote for the safest”

first_imgSergio Ramos additionally participated in the ‘El Partidazo’ program of #Vamos, of Movistar +, to give his opinion on the state of affairs of soccer due to the coronavirus disaster, and to discuss Actual Madrid, which this Monday returns to prepare with the protocols of the Ministry of Samidad. Well being: “I am properly inside what matches. We really feel fortunate and we can not complain. We are attempting to get pleasure from different issues. Till we’ve got to dwell it we have no idea a lot.”Protocol: “We all know the protocol and that we’ll do it in small teams divided by Zidane. It’s such a critical state of affairs that every one that is vital for well being to prevail. I suppose we had to attempt to return. I am very excited and I need to compete. that LaLiga ends and that the Champions League can also be performed. The vital factor is that the virus doesn’t return. Soccer is secondary, but I am trying ahead to stepping on the Bernabéu once more. “The place to play: “Bernabéu or Valdebebas? I vote for the most secure. If the topic of the works will also be elevated … But, on a private stage, I prefer to play at the Bernabéu. We should respect the selections. Issues should be normalized that we’ve got by no means lived. We’re going to attempt to play usually and take benefit that if soccer serves as a distraction it will likely be good for us. “ Attainable normality: “Issues that we’ve got by no means skilled should be normalized. We’re going to attempt to play usually and reap the benefits of the incontrovertible fact that if soccer serves as a distraction it will likely be good for us.”Koke: “Think about how the trainer is today”“At the second, we’re going little by little. I am thinner. We would like normality to return as quickly as potential. The occasions are adjusting extra and when the season ends we normally begin in mid-August … Little by little the days are over and we’ve got I need all the pieces to begin once more. Cholo and the trainer. It’s going to be bizarre to play with out listening to the followers. “Williams: “I see it troublesome to return, but hope is rarely misplaced”“We actually need to return. We have been going two by two. I see it troublesome to return, but I don’t lose hope. Hopefully we’ll play soccer once more quickly. We’ve got to have hope. None of us like the gatherings … We’re the protagonists and We’ve got to attain an settlement. I know that the subsequent sport is towards Atlético as a result of mates have been going to see me, but then due to all this … Right now the ball was sq. since you lose contact after so lengthy with out the ball. It is rather thrilling to really feel like a footballer once more. Hope is the final thing you lose. No footballer likes concentrations, “he acknowledged, recalling that in Section 1 of the de-escalation, folks” can get out. “last_img read more

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Champions Savannah held in opener

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU: The 2015-16 Charley’s JB Rum Western Confederation Super League season got cracking on the weekend with six matches, including a less-than-auspicious start for defending champions Savannah Sports Club, who were held to a scoreless draw by Lucea FC at Frome Sports Complex on Sunday. This year’s staging has the 12 teams aligned in two groups of six based on how they ended the last campaign, with Savannah, Granville, Montego Bay Boys and Girls’ Club (MBBGC), Salt Marsh, Petersfield, and Lucea in Group One. Group Two comprises Wadadah, Sandals Whitehouse, Beaches Negril, Village United, newcomers Reggae Youths and Clarks Town, the St James and Trelawny champions, respectively. Another new development of note is that Livingston Berley has taken the hot seat as coach of the defending champions. RONIEL WHYTE ON TARGET While his team failed to shine against Lucea, Roniel Whyte was on target in the 19th and 36th minutes in leading Petersfield FC to a 2-0 victory over Montego Bay Boys and Girls’ Club. Former St James Premier League kingpins, Wadadah FC, were also in the winners’ corner as forward Javier Peak struck twice in Saturday’s 3-1 win over newly promoted Clarks Town of Trelawny. Ajai Black also found the net in that match for Wadadah, while Dwayne Brown netted the consolation for Clarks Town. Also on Saturday, Reggae Youths and Beaches Negril ended 1-1, with Oshane Russell getting a late equaliser for Reggae Youths in the 81st minute to cancel out Ashley Forrest’s 18th-minute strike. In another game on Saturday, Salt Marsh edged Granville 1-0 as Marvin Reynolds scored in the 20th minute to give them three points and a share of the early lead in Group One with Petersfield. Wadadah are early leaders in Group Two on three points. The league continues on Sunday with four matches, the pick of which should be the Granville-Petersfield FC clash, starting 3 p.m. at Granville Community Centre.last_img read more

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Elaine Thompson – Athletics

first_imgFor her achievement in capturing the silver medal in the 200 metres at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, in a personal best 21.66 seconds, the second fastest time of the year. Thompson also ran the third leg of the women’s gold medal-winning 4×100 metres team which set a Championship Record and World Leading time of 41.07 seconds.last_img

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Mayhew ends historic Winter Youth Olympics run in 13th spot

first_imgJamaica’s first ever competitor at the Winter Youth Olympics Daniel Mayhew finished in 13th position in the Monobob competition in Lillehammer, Norway on Saturday morning (Jamaica time). Mayhew, who was introduced to the bobsled event less than a year ago, stopped the clock at 58.85 seconds in his first run and then posted 58.62 seconds in his second run for a combined time of 1:57.47. This left him in 13th spot in the 15 athlete field.  The gold medal went to Germany’s Jonas Jannusch (1:54.29) with Russia’s Maksim Ivanov (1:54.44) taking second and Norway’s Christian Olsen (1:54.53) finishing in third place. In his first heat, Mayhew’s push – off time was an impressive 5.67 seconds but he failed to get enough speed down the course and lost some speed in the fourth sector after hitting turn number 13.last_img read more

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Powell produces early spark

first_imgPORTLAND, USA:Disappointing is the word Kemoy Campbell used to describe his race, and generally disappointing it was for most Jamaicans in the first session on the first day of action at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Indoor Championships at the Oregon Convention Center yesterday.Asafa Powell was the only bright spark in the morning session as he clocked a world-leading 6.44 seconds to win heat five of the men’s 60m and advance to the semi-finals, which were scheduled for last night.”I was just focusing on my technique, wasn’t focusing on anyone or my time, just focusing on my technique and getting to the finish line,” Powell told The Gleaner.Neither Kevaughn Rattray nor Odean Skeen, though declared among the team, were in the line-up for the 100m.Campbell disappointedCampbell, who ran in the men’s 3000m, never got into a useful rhythm and finished eighth of nine competitors in heat one in a time of 8:00.22. The heat was won by Ethiopia’s Yomif Kejelcha in 7:51.01.”I went out there thinking I would do better, but I was sick with flu and I was just flat. I tried my best and I wasn’t making any progress in the race, and all I can say it was a bit disappointing for me because I know I can run a lot faster. I’ve run a lot faster before and the time wasn’t even close to my PR, and I’m just disappointed. That’s all I can say,” Campbell said.Chrisann Gordon had a strange race in the third heat of the 400m. At the start, she stepped out of the block and the track umpire ruled a faulty start.When the race actually got under way, the athlete ran one lap of the two-lap event, and while on the curve, just stepped off the track. It appeared that she had been pushed, but video replays showed a voluntary departure from the track.She was later seen being attended to by medical officials and seemed to indicate that she had an ankle issue.Salcia Slack, who was recovering from a bout of pneumonia, had a poor start running in the women’s 60m hurdles, the first event of the five-discipline pentathlon, and finished last in heat two in a time of 8.72 seconds.She failed to record a score in the high jump after three failed attempts to cross the bar at the opening height of 1.64m.She had the shot put, long jump, and 800m to come later in the day.Earlier, Fitzroy Dunkley and Stephenie-Ann McPherson advanced to the semi-finals of the men’s and women’s 400m.Dunkley advanced running in heat two of the heats. He ran well on the first lap and grabbed the second qualifying spot in a time of 46.83 seconds behind Lalonde Gordon of Trinidad and Tobago in 46.72 seconds.Chambers outRicardo Chambers failed to move past the first round as he struggled to finish third in heat three in 47.07 seconds.McPherson closed well in the final 50m to finish second in heat one of the women’s 400m in a time of 52.56seconds behind Olukawemi Adekoya of Bahrain in 52.27 seconds.Outdoor World champion Danielle Williams was to line up in lane five of heat two of the women’s 60m hurdles last night. Samantha Scarlett was scheduled to compete in heat one of the event.Meanwhile, six Jamaicans are set to bow into action today. Elaine Thompson lines up in heat one of the women’s 60m, while Simone Facey competes in heat three.National champion Natoya Goule will be the first Jamaican in action on the second day as she competes in heat three of the women’s 800m at 1:15 p.m. Jamaica time.Shanieka Thomas is down for action in the triple jump at 1:37 p.m. The men’s 60m hurdles also begins tonight, with Omar McLeod lining up in heat two of that event at 7:05 p.m. Jamaica’s men will compete in heat two of the 4x400m relay at 2:40 p.m.last_img read more

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Young Westmoreland footballer wants to make it to the top

first_imgWestern Bureau:National Under-15 representative Shane Ricketts is brimming with optimism after the senior Reggae Boyz fell just shy of a historic first hold on the CONCACAF Gold Cup title on Sunday.Ricketts, who plays on the right of defence for Westmoreland in the JFF Western Under-15 Parish League, told The Gleaner that his time will come as the current crop of players continues building the foundation for Jamaica’s resurgence and domination of the region over the long term.”I plan on taking on football as a career, and I want to learn as much from these players as possible,” said the Little London High School player.”It is the same with the Westmoreland team. I want to learn and achieve with all the players because we believe we can win this competition,” he continued.He added: “I want to continue in football and play for Jamaica at the senior level.”Ricketts is blessed with skill and speed and is able to play well both in defence and attack, something he said has made him a more complete player in the mould of Brazil and Barcelona’s Dani Alves and Argentinean Marcos Rojo.But while he admires those international players, his main aim is to help bring Jamaica to a level that will rival the likes of Mexico and the United States.He said his transition from the Under-15s will be an important element of his progress, or lack thereof, noting that all great footballers are able to make the right transition from youth level to the senior ranks.”I want to be able to go from being a good youth player to being a great national player for Jamaica. I have a number of years in the daCosta Cup, plus there are the national age-group levels,” said Ricketts.”Hard work and dedication I know will take me where I need to be, so right now, it’s about helping team Westmoreland win the Under-15 title.last_img read more

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