Schoolboys' soccer tour finalized

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Jamaica Gleaner

Trinidadians due Feb. 6

FEBRUARY WILL BE a big month for Jamaica's schoolboy football. All plans have now been finalized and February 6 a 17 man Colleges League team from Trinidad will be arriving in the island for two-match tournament which will see the Jamaica Mutual Lift Assurance Co. making its debut as a local sports sponsor.

The first match on February 8 will pit the Trinidadians against Jamaica's most spectacular young team Kingston College, and the second game on February 10 will see the Jamaica Under 19s going after the Trinidadians.

This tournament which has received the blessing of the Jamaica Football Federation and is being promoted by the Kingston College Old Boys Association will serve many purposes and answer many questions.

In March the Jamaica under 19s will be going to Trinidad to compete against the cream of the Caribbean in the Central American and Caribbean Juvenile Championships. Trinidad who are now being coached by the Hungarian born nationalized Brazilian coach Americo Brunner have openly stated that they consider themselves among the top teams as their schoolboy standard has never been higher.

Jamaica being coached by another Brazilian Jorge Penna are also confident they can take the championships.

So when these two teams clash, it will be no holds barred. In addition, it was stated by one Trinidad paper a few days ago that the Colleges team is coming to Jamaica to avenge the whipping the National senior team received from Jamaica in the Independence Tournament here last August.

To add an even more competitive flavour to the encounter, the sponsors who are guaranteeing the tour against loss and will be donating profits, if any, to the equipping of the local team for the CONCACAF Games, have donated a challenge trophy. This trophy, it is hoped, will be competed for annually between Jamaica and Trinidad Colleges.

KC who stand unchallenged as the island's top schoolboy team are also approaching their game very seriously for they know that defeat would affect their prestige which is now at its peak.

So everything points to another great week for Jamaica's football.