All Island League perfect foil for NJ plans

first_imgThe Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) All Island Community Netball League might prove to be a fitting conduit for development plans of the sport’s governors here, Netball Jamaica (NJ).Last Saturday, Dr Paula Daley Morris was elected unopposed as the new NJ president. On Sunday, the INSPORTS-run islandwide league started.”We met with Dr Paula Daley Morris and she wants to meet with all stakeholders and INSPORTS will be included,” Ian Andrews, INSPORTS’ administrative director, informed. “She wants us to assist in their junior programme development as she wants to start a strong junior programme.”It fits right into our mandate. We hope that this competition will assist in that way,” he said.The competition, which will cater to over 9,500 competitors from various communities across Jamaica, got under way at the Delacree Park Community Centre and in the opening game, Max Social (Maxfield Park) swamped Hagley Park All Stars 36-0. Tashai Price did most damage, netting 28 of Max Social’s goals.Though it involves competition, there are other components to the league, primarily coaching seminars that will be conducted by certified coaches. Players will be taught the rudiments of the game, such as passing, shooting and defending.According to INSPORTS officer Tanya Wright, these seminars can be considered as a continuation of the umpires’ training seminars that were held across the island earlier this year.”In keeping with the agency’s mandate to unearth and nurture talent, this programme seeks to create a medium to expose talents and to channel them into the national programme for further development and possible representation,” remarked Wright, one of the coordinators of the league.Venues islandwide”We’re going to use approximately five venues in every parish,” she continued, noting that the league will continue on Sunday with more matches at Delacree Park.The competition is similar to its popular All Island Football League, which is dubbed the ‘Ghetto World Cup’.”We’re going to be having matches in all the parishes and so far, we’ve been getting positive feedback from the communities. They had been waiting for a long time, so now that’s it’s here they are excited,” said Wright.”We’re going to be placing a lot of emphasis on the coaching aspect because we want to ensure that the basic concepts are taught at the grassroots level.”last_img read more

CECAFA U20: Kenya depart for Uganda by bus

first_img0Shares0000Rising Stars assistant coach Hesbon Nyabinge leads out the team as they left their hotel ahead of their departure to Uganda for the upcoming CECAFA U20 Championships. Photo/FKFNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 18 – The Kenya football Under-20 team departed for Uganda by bus on Wednesday night ahead of the upcoming CECAFA Championships to be hosted in Jinja.The team has been in camp in Nairobi and all is now set for the junior regional showpiece, set to be played between September 21 and October 5. “We are in a tough group, but I think the tougher the group the better the challenge,” said coach Okumbi.“With the quality of players, we have in the team, I don’t think we have an excuse of not getting positive results. I have challenged my players that this is their chance of showcasing what they can do, and I am confident we will do well,” added the coach.Kenya has been pooled in Group B alongside Ethiopia, Zanzibar and Tanzania while hosts Uganda, Sudan, Eritrea and Djibouti make up Group A as Burundi, South Sudan, and Somalia will battle it out in Group C.The top three teams from Group A and B will join the top two from Group C in the quarterfinals.Final SquadGoalkeepersBrian Bwire (Kariobangi Sharks), Bixente Otieno (Wazito)DefendersAlphonce Otieno (Gor Mahia), Alvin Ochieng (Kisumu All-Stars), Brian Wepo (Nzoia Sugar), Boniface Mwangemi (Dagoretti High School), John Otieno (Kakamega Homeboyz), Tom Teka (Kariobangi Sharks)MidfieldersJoshua Nyatini (Wazito), Fidel Origa (Western Stima), Musa Masika (Wazito), John Njuguna (Ulinzi Stars), Peter Oudo (Kariobangi Sharks), Austin Ochieng (AFC Leopards), Steve Otieno (Kisumu All-Stars), Chris Owino (FC Talanta)ForwardsSydney Lokale (Kariobangi Sharks), Benson Omala (Western Stima), Ronald Shichenje (Aspire Academy), Patrick Otieno (Kariobangi Sharks)0Shares0000(Visited 25 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more