When Ricky Chin resigned as president of Waterhouse Football Club last season, it was certain that the next man to step into his boots would have a mountainous task returning the club to the peak of it powers.After a comprehensive search, Jamaica Public Service (JPS) board member and a director for energy in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Fitzroy Vidal, was handed the mantle to move the club forward.”Waterhouse Football Club is one of the biggest football clubs in the country. I was asked to assume this role of taking charge of the club as president and I consented and the management asked me to implement the necessary changes that I saw fit and rebuild the club to its former glory and even exceed it,” he stated.Vidal said the club’s hierarchy contended that the club was not being managed properly, and that it was plagued with problems of inadequate structures and financial challenges such as a high electricity bill and was overburdened by a Caribbean Football Union (CFU) fine.OPERATINGAS ABUSINESS”The administrative area needs changes and we have had personnel changes. But it’s work in progress. We have more to do and we want the right people, but we are determined to take it (club) to the professional level, as we want to run it as a business.”He added: “We are facing mountains of debts which we are committed to paying off and at the same time to run the club as a professional unit is extremely difficult. But I undertook the task to transform the club into a business operation and put it back to its rightful position. But the financial management is of high priority and we are putting structures in place.”Our sponsors are big stakeholders. We saw National Continental Bakery stepping forward and giving us additional money to support us and it is extremely important because it takes money to run a football and this is sending a big signal and we are grateful for it.”They (sponsors) have been with us through the good and bad times, the highs and lows and corporate Jamaica know what football can do for this community with financial support on a larger scale,” Vidal reasoned.However, uncharacteristic poor results on the field this season have been a major cause for concern, sparking fears of relegation in a community which lives, eats and breathes Waterhouse Football Club.”The community is very important to this football club, the fan base is very strong and very supportive. The club was hungry for change and it has been difficult, but very strategic. We made some changes at the technical level and after I got the technical team I wanted, I then moved my focus to the administrative aspect and we have seen improvements, although not as much as we would have wanted, particularly because we have been paying our debts to creditors,” he noted.”My vision is to make Waterhouse Football Club a football giant, winning leagues, developing youngsters into professional footballers and helping them ply their trade on the international scene and leverage the Waterhouse FC brand for the sustainable benefit of all stakeholders.”I am proud to be identified with this club because everywhere I go people want to be associated with them,” said Vidal.
Former national under-17 captain Omar Holness has revealed that three things have him excited about playing Major League Soccer (MLS) in the coming season. The 21-year-old Jamaican, the overall number-five pick, was selected by Real Salt Lake in Thursday’s Major League Soccer’s Super Draft following an impressive three-year career playing central midfield for the University of North Carolina Tar Heels scoring four goals and registering 11 assists.Now that he is a professional, he gets to work with two Jamaican legends, possibly play against his childhood hero and believes he can help his club win a championship.At Real Salt Lake he will be working with Andy Williams and Tyrone Marshall, former Jamaican players, now coaches employed by the club but on the day he said he didn’t know who would select him or what to expect.”All of the draftees were nervous because in reality we had no idea, no clue where we were going to end up but when I heard my name being called at number five for Salt Lake I was excited and surprised but when I heard I was going to join Andy and Tyrone and Demar (Phillips) up at Real Salt Lake, I was like it couldn’t get better than that,” he said describing the fact that the presence of the Jamaicans is for him a huge boost.”I believe having coaches Andy Williams and Tyrone Marshall will be a very positive thing for me. I say so because having Jamaicans around you will help me settle in and give me tips that will help push me in the right direction.”much sweeterHolness said playing professional football has always been his dream but this experience is going to be so much sweeter as he could possibly face his childhood hero, who now plays the MLS for the LA Galaxy.”Playing football professionally has been a dream of mine ever since I was a little boy. To finally realise that it is actually coming true is very exciting. I think what I am looking forward to most is making this transition and playing against my childhood hero, Steven Gerard.”Gerard, a Liverpool icon in the Barclays Premier League currently plays for the LA Galaxy.Holness realises that he has his work cut out for him. He is expected to come in and strengthen RSL’s midfield contingent and hopefully help push the club to a title in the coming seasons. Following Thursday’s draft Real Salt Lake’s general manager Craig Waibe told media that the Jamaican was exactly who the club wanted. However, he was quick to point out that the Jamaican would not be pressured from the outset and would be given time to adapt.
MIAMI, United States (CMC):United States-based forward Trevin Caesar (86th, 89th) netted a second-half brace as Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) crushed St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) 6-0 in the return leg of their fourth round CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying tie in Port-of-Spain on Tuesday night.There was no such enterprise for Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz as they crashed to a 3-0 defeat to Costa Rica away in San JosÈ in Group B.At the Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica in San JosÈ, Jamaica were behind through Celso Borges’ seventh-minute strike, while veteran Bryan Ruiz added the hosts’ second eight minutes before half-time.Jamaica failed to find a response and Major League Soccer star Johan Venegas put the finishing touches on Costa Rica’s win with a 76th minute strike.In the same group, Haiti’s misery continued when they lost 1-0 to Panama in Panama City.The Reggae Boyz are third with four points in Group B, with Costa Rica top with 10 and Panama second on seven points. Haiti lie bottom with a single point.Trinidad and Tobago’s emphatic victory put them firmly at the top of Group C with 10 points, with the United States second on seven and Guatemala third on six. SVG, without a point from four games, have been eliminated.Sheldon Bateau (36th), Joevin Jones (49th), Kenwyne Jones (60th) and Kevin Molino (66th) were T&T’s other scorers.
KINGSTON: THE Kingston Waterfront will be transformed for the 2016 staging of the Jamaica Cycling Federation (JCF) Kingston Criterium today as parts of Orange Street, Port Royal Street and Ocean Boulevard will comprise the closed-circuit road race event. With national and regional champion Marloe Rodman and former national cyclist Oneil Samuels among the entrants cycling fans are in for a real showpiece. Action is scheduled to get under way at 1 p.m., with the featured events slated for a 3:30 p.m. start. Registration will be from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Kirk Finnikin, president of the JCF, hopes to use the event as a catalyst to rejuvenate local cycling. “It is going to be a cracker. This form of cycling is one of the most exciting and I believe we have everything in place to execute a professionally done event come Sunday,” said Finnikin. “The riders have been buzzing and are anxiously waiting to get out there as the circuit is one of the best in terms of the quality of the roads. This is our first major event of 2016 and we believe it has all the right ingredients to generate enough excitement and interest to spill over into other cycling events for the remainder of the year and beyond,” he added. The JCF’s mission is to restore cycling as a premier sporting activity and has been using 2014 Commonwealth Games representative, Rodman, as the flag bearer. This year, Maliek Byndloss will be looking to fly the flag in his pursuits to represent Jamaica at the Rio Olympics. Byndloss is the current BMX national champion and is considered to be among the world’s elite in the BMX category. The Kingston Criterium itself is a closed-circuit event that will see cyclists racing several laps to complete an event. The events will be contested based on categories, including women’s and men’s elite, masters’ and juniors’. In addition, there will also be a kids’ sprint event, plus an all-comers ‘Rambo Race’, which will be a cash-prize race for anyone brave enough to enter. The event is free to the public.