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National Under 17 Team member
John Paul Rochford is currently
engaged in the biggest training stint
of his career to date as he takes part
in a two-week training camp at
Manchester City after being selected
by City scouts at a Digicel Kickstart
Academy in November for
Rochford was chosen among other
players including Jamaicans Akeem
Robotham, Alain Skerritt and Malik
Powell, Charleus Talson (Haiti), Elysee
Nael Wellofky (Haiti) and Elijah Shade
and Tyrell Emmanuel of T&T.
"The camp is moving on quite well
so far. The skill level and the intensity
level is very high. The skill level is
not the usual level. The ability of the
guys here is very high and we are
learning more everyday. It's been quite
a fulfilling experience" Rochford said
on Wednesday. "The camp is exciting
because every day we are being shown
new drills and learning different tech-
niques," he added.
Rochford, a product of FC Santa
Rosa, indicated that the feedback
from the Manchester coaches has
been positive thus far. "The coaches
have told us that they are impressed
with our ability and our attitude and
they've really made us very comfort-
able since we've been here. The expe-
rience so far has been extremely good
and will definitely contribute towards
my development as a player," said
Rochford of Queen's Royal College.
Rochford was initially selected from
a group of thirty players at one of
the Digicel Kickstart camp at Sabina
Park, Jamaica in late October.
His older brother Jean Luc was a
member of the T&T Under 17 and
Under 20 teams which appeared at
the 2007 FIFA Under 17 World Cup
and the 2009 FIFA Under 20 World
Cup in Egypt and has the distinction
of scoring in the opening game of
the finals against the host nation.
Jones vows to bang in goals
T&T captain Kenwyne Jones is
backing his new club Al Jazira to climb
the league table in the Arabian Gulf
League and is vowing to start banging
in the goals.
Jones was speaking after setting
up his team's second goal in a 2-2
draw at Al Wasl when he expressed
his optimism about the club's ability
to improve on its run so far.
"I see enough room for progress,
I don't see any problem for this team,"
Jones said. "They can progress easily.
We just need to tighten up a few
things and we'll be fine.
"It's like anywhere in the world.
You have moments where you lose
a bit of concentration and don't do
things to stay on top of the game.
But it's OK---I believe 100 per cent
in this team, we have a lot of talent."
Jones cited the need for Jazira to
be stronger in defence, with the cap-
ital club conceding from two set
pieces against Wasl.
According to Jones, "I hope so, that
would be nice," he said. "Wasl was
my first time getting used to the team,
the players and who we're playing
against. I feel quite positive and I'm
hopeful in the next 12 to 13 games
the goals will come."
Jones will return to international
duty in March as he prepares to lead
the Soca Warriors in two World Cup
qualifiers against St Vincent/Grena-
dine on March 25th and 29th.
Hart happy for Jones,
T&T head coach Stephen Hart
expressed "surprise" about his nom-
ination for the "Coach of the Year"
award for 2015 but believes that the
recognition given to team captain
Kenwyne Jones and Khaleem Hyland
is more deserving to the duo.
Also nominated for the female
Goalkeeper of the Year award was
T&T Senior Women custodian Kimi-
ka Forbes. "I think it's great for both
Kenwyne and Khaleem to be recog-
nised. They have been two players
who made a great contribution to the
performances of the team in 2015
and they thoroughly deserve it," Hart
said."Kenwyne had been good leader
and he has delivered for the team on
the field. His goal which turned out
to be the winner against Guatemala
was an absolute stunner and he moti-
vates and leads the team quite impres-
Khaleem on the other hand has
put in the hard work and his per-
formances have been quite strong.
The performances of these two and
the performance on the team on a
whole is what I think has contributed
to my nomination which was quite
a surprise for me," Hart added.
Carlos suffers injury setback
Midfielder Carlos Edwards has
been sidelined with a hamstring injury
which he sustained in Millwall's 2-
1 defeat to Barnsley earlier this month.
Edwards, just back following a
lengthy lay off following surgery, was
forced to leave the game in the 68th
minute.Club manager Neil Harris said
Edwards' absence at right back would
not affect the club's transfer plans.
"Carlos is definitely going to be
out for a period of time, he's pulled
his hamstring. He's going to be out
for a number of weeks," Harris said.
"But we won't be looking to bring
Edwards recently signed an exten-
sion to his contract that will keep
him at the club until the end of the
season. "They say hard work pays
off and the contract extension was
something the club and I were work-
ing towards for some time.The club
has kept its promise and now I'm
looking to help Millwall back to the
Championship,' Edwards stated.
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BY SHAUN FUENTES
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