19 start training with Chiefs

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Jamaica Gleaner


Nineteen players reported to the Atlanta Chiefs' pre-season training on February 1, at Emory University, according to Coach and General Manager Phil Woosnam.

The players include seventeen returnees from 1967 and two new faces. The returning Chiefs are goalkeeper Vic Rouse; full backs John Cocking, Howard Mwikuta, Brian Hughes and Henry Largie; half backs Vic Crowe, Willie Evans, Gordon Ferry and Delroy Scott; and forwards Ray Bloomfield, Graham Newton, Emment Kapongwe, Peter McParland, Freddie Mwila, Ron Newman, Howard Riley and Everald Cummings. The two new players are forwards Allan Cole and Kaiser 'Boy-Boy' Motaung. Largie, Scott and Cole are Jamaicans.

A twentieth player, goalkeeper Sven Lindberg, will report to training in late March or early April.

Additional Chiefs to report will be named later. According to North American Soccer League rules, each team may carry twenty-five players for the regular season.

"In finalizing plans for our pre-season training, requests to play exhibition matches in Florida (where many N.A.S.L. teams are training), on the West Coast in international competition, in the Caribbean and also in and around Atlanta using educational facilities must be considered," Woosnam said.

"In making a decision on the matches, we must take into account what is best for the game itself and for its growth and interest in Georgia."