Friday 28 February, 2020

Denham Town High hoping to rediscover form of 2015

Denham Town High players in a practice session ahead of the 2018 Digicel-sponsored urban area Manning Cup schoolboy football season.

Denham Town High players in a practice session ahead of the 2018 Digicel-sponsored urban area Manning Cup schoolboy football season.

The coaching staff of Denham Town High is hoping that the 2018 football team can rediscover the form of 2015 when the school qualified for the urban area Manning Cup schoolboy football competition.

The early stages of preparations were very rough for the coaching staff in terms of indiscipline from players. But with the players more settled, assistant coach Kimathi-Nkrumah Abbeku Makonnen now believes the team can be a force to reckon with this season.

Denham Town High have been a staple in the second round since 2012, but for last year, when they crashed out very early.

Denham Town High assistant coach Kimathi-Nkrumah Abbeku Makonnen. (PHOTO: Marlon Reid).

In a tough Group A last year, Denham Town faltered at the preliminary stages, which Makonnen blames on a number of factors including violence that resulted in the Zones Of Special Operations (ZOSO) and the unavailability of the Edward Seaga Sports Complex, their home ground.

The Edward Seaga Sports Complex was undergoing work on the surface, which had Denham Town playing their first five matches on the road.

However, with most of the issues from last season out of the way, Denham Town got the necessary training this year, with the only problem being the indiscipline of fringe players, who failed to turn up to training on a regular basis.

Makonnen said, “the (core) players seem to be more committed. We have a lot of senior players in the team compared to last year, so hopefully, we will do better this year.

“We have more than 11 players with Manning Cup experiences as we have about six to seven who will be playing in their third year and probably the same amount playing in their second year.

“I hope this will impact the team positively. I think we should do better than last year."

He said they have played limited practice matches but were able to score 3-0 and 2-0 victories over Old Harbour High and Marcus Garvey respectively. The team was very competitive against Tivoli Gardens High in a west Kingston derby it lost 4-3 on penalties following a 1-1 affair at the end of regulation time.

Denham Town High getting ready for schoolboy football season

The 2018 season is scheduled to kick off on Saturday, September 8.

Denham Town High are drawn in Group D alongside Bridgeport High, Greater Portmore High, Innswood High, St Jago High and Tivoli Gardens High. They play away to St Jago High in their opening game on Monday, September 10.

The 2018 schoolboy football season is expected to one of the best with Manning Cup and Walker Cup knockout title sponsors Digicel promising to bring a new level of energy, fun and excitement to entertainment at the matches.

Digicel and Wisynco were confirmed as title sponsors of schoolboy football for the next three years last week.

Digicel, in its second stint as title sponsors, will invest $75 million over three years in theManning Cup  and Walker Cup knockout competitions. Wisynco announced a sponsorship package of close to $100 million in the rural area daCosta Cup and Ben Francis knockout.

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