JC looking to deliver without Miguel Coley
Players from Jamaica College taking part in a recent training session.
Five-time defending champions Jamaica College (JC) will enter the 2018 Digicel Manning Cup schoolboy football season without two inspirational persons, in coach Miguel Coley and Tyreke McGhee. However, new head coach, Andrew Peart, is confident that the school can successfully defend its title.
Coley left JC at the end of last season to take up coaching duties overseas after leading JC to five straight Manning Cup and Olivier Shield titles.
"We have always had inspirational players. The nature of schoolboy football is that they are only here for a certain amount of time and then they move on. The bar that McGhee has set last year, I am pretty sure that his fellow schoolmates this season, will try to emulate him and then you will have not just one but more persons stepping up to that role.”
The coach believes that JC has accomplished a lot during the summer and will be ready when the season begins.
“The players are expectant and ready for the start of the season,” Peart said. “We have a week to go before the opening game, a week to go before the season officially begins so we are okay with where we are right now. We just have some fine-tuning that we have to do in preparation for that opening game.”
According to Peart, JC supporters can expect the winning streak to continue.
He said, “Miguel Coley was fantastic as a colleague, fantastic as a leader and an inspiration for young coaches in Jamaica, especially myself, given that we are from the same community in Manchester, Mile Gully. His legacy will forever be here.
“We will have to show the right attitude as always and not just treat the competition as what we want to do in the final, but what we have to do in each game that we play and prepare ourselves for that big game."
Peart said that he has retained “about nine or 10” players, with Norman Campbell, Shaniel Thomas, Nathan Hunter, Tajae Reynolds being numbered among them.
JC known for quality recruiting will unfold a number of players who transferred from other institutions, however, Peart would not disclose the talents that the blue-and-white clad school acquired during the summer break.
JC is drawn in Group F alongside Campion College, Hydel High, Kingston High, Kingston Technical, Vauxhall High.
The 2018 season is scheduled to kick off on Saturday, September 8 and is expected to be 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 recently confirmed as title sponsors of schoolboy football for the next three years.
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.