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Reggae Boyz 1-0
CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee— A
second half strike by Jordan
Morris sent Jamaica’s Reggae
Boyz tumbling to a 1-0 defeat to
United States in their internation-
al friendly at Finley Stadium on
Following a goalless first half where
both teams had excellent chances to
get on the scoresheet, Morris broke the
deadlock in the 59th minute when he
finished clinically from nine yards out.
The victory was the Americans’
14th over Jamaica in 24 meetings and
the first victory overall for head coach
Bruce Arena since his return to head
the national side.
Playing before a crowd of nearly 18
000, both teams started positively but
it was the US who posed the first real
signs of danger when Dax McCarty
headed over from Benny Feilhaber’s
right-sided corner early on.
Jamaica responded in the 34th min-
ute when Cory Burke out-paced his
marker and raced down the left to put
a low cross into the box. Goalkeeper
Luis Robles parried the shot only for
the advancing Romario Williams to
miscue his shot off the rebound from
point blank range.
Four minutes later, Morris got on to
the end of a nod-on from Juan Agudelo
and burst into the box only for goal-
keeper Andre Blake to rush off his line
and deny the striker.
The game was evenly poised at half-
time but it was the US who pressed
after the break, with Graham Zusi
coming close in the 57th minute when
his shot was tipped over by substitute
goalkeeper Ryan Thompson.
However, the hosts’ persistence
paid off two minutes later. McCarty’s
through-ball from deep in midfield
was collected by Feilhaber just outside
the 18-yard box, and he played a dainty
one-two with Morris before the latter
finished clinically past Thompson.
Jamaica’s quest for an equaliser
came to nothing as the US controlled
the remainder of the game.
The Caribbean side are preparing
for two major tournaments – the
Caribbean Cup finals in June and the
CONCACAF Gold Cup the following
They take on Honduras in Houston,
USA on February 16 in another friend-
ly international. (CMC)
Ma Pau remembers
Dana with marathon $$
Ma Pau Members Club contin-
ued to remember the late Senior
Counsel Dana Seetahal when it
donated $6,000 towards last Sun-
day’s staging of the T&T Interna-
tional Marathon in her honour.
The money was used as an incen-
tive for the first local female runner
to finish the race.
It was won by Kenyan Leah Kigen
who repeated as champion, while
T&T running sensation Tonya Nero
claimed second in a time of two hours;
56 minutes and 33 seconds.
Among the Men Venezuelan Jose
Alejandro Varela Velazco claimed
victory in two hours; 37 minutes and
51 seconds to dethrone Kenyan Mark
Seetahal who spent her finals mo-
ments at the club in Woodbrook be-
fore she was taken down in a hail of
bullets on nearby Hamilton Holder
Street, was also an avid participant
of the marathon, having taken part
for a number of years.
This is the first time I feel the need
to speak on this recent issue.
I cannot speak for or or behalf of the
other team members primarily because
we each have matured with varying de-
grees of perception. We enjoy different
degrees of economic and social status.
team, one family and we truly believe in
our national words (together we aspire,
together we achieve)
I will however use this opportuni-
ty to speak on behalf of the voiceless.
The development coaches, parents
and young athletes all sacrifice their
time for track and field and get nothing
in return. They should be adequately
compensated at some point.
At least water or nutritious juices
could once again be provided to the
kids after training. Transportation
from school to practice and from prac-
tice to home is a major issue. Athletes
who get to National Champs semis and
final should at least get passage to go
back home if anything for supporting
One cannot place first in a final if
there is no one to run against.
However, we have a reliable “jus-
tice on time” prisoner service vehicle
that passes in front of my home daily
in Arouca. Parents, coaches and kids
who are in traffic that head to train-
ing have to move aside for the “Black
Maria” to pass.
When is there going to have a “sport
on time” service?
Needless to say, I will like to thank
the public servants who look after
my documents and provide service
in training facilities each year.
I cannot expect anything more in
return if taxpayers continue to be-
lieve that I am not giving them value
for their money. Apart from seeking
personal excellence, I must emphasize
that I run for my beautiful country
It was a privilege to run against the
likes of Bolt and Carter and now there
is a chance of receiving Olympic gold
from the same race. This is however
in no comparison of receiving an ac-
colade in a year that I am achieving
Achieving top 10 ranking in sev-
en billion people in the world gives
you access to $250k TT. Outside of
medalling allows only access to $60k
TT annually from the Ministry alone.
This is $5k per month that I must pro-
vide bills for. My chances of accessing
$250k in one year is slim but $240k
accumulatively in four years is a bit
The Ministry has been the most re-
alistic source of funding over the years.
I don’t think the goal post has shifted
much for the high ranking required for
individual elite funding.
Elite funding does not exist for teams
that perform in the Olympics such as
the teams I was fortunate to be a part
of over the years. T&T senior relays
are usually ranked top 10 in the world.
I am nonetheless grateful for the
The best engineers and engineers of
sport in T&T may not even have to ask
the government or associations to help
fund their career training yet they still
have casual, sick leave and gratuities
to look forward too.
I cannot buy certain brands of cough
syrup if I get sick because they may
contain a banned substance.
Each day is a work day until I retire,
whether I am sick or not.
After my stint, I have to find work
I don’t get food cards or provided
with housing even to pay a mortgage.
I can’t pay NIS toward my future. This
is mainly because it is difficult to work
part time in CEPEP in the morning to
train in the evening. I won’t stand a
chance to chase down Bolt, Blake, As-
afa, Gatlin, Gay and yes Carter much
More so, athletes cannot threaten to
shut down the country’s elite partici-
pation before major games for a 5 per
cent increase but we have got to take
0-0 -0 for country and minus 0-0-0
if we come back empty handed as we
have bills to pay.
At this time if anything is offered by
the people of T&T I will accept it with
grace. If nothing is offered by the per-
sons in authority I will accept it with
the same grace.
Notably, the precedent of reward has
already been set, though not by me.
I do not know why persons who do
wrong especially with false credentials
nowadays get promotions and a pat on
the back but when you sacrifice to build
your own credentials with positivity
some folks think twice to support the
Nonetheless, we athletes have a
responsibility with what we say and
do to keep kids in sports and off the
streets like I once was. Disenfranchised
groups as para-athletes also have to
be encouraged to continue performing
for this country at major games. What
is their reward for being different and
ability and do the best to stay clean.
The region may not have the facilities
for us to test ourselves.
Asafa was tested positive and the
supplier did not list the banned sub-
stances in the product. He got sanc-
This is the direction that T&T and
Jamaica could aspire to especially if we
need to have sport tourism and have
I will continue to do what I have to
and let the NAAAs, TTOC, Ministry do
what they have to. The Minister always
says leave the stars to the astronomers.
At the end of the day, I am respon-
sible for owning my failures and shar-
ing my performances. I am a star no
matter what anybody says. Who says
otherwise can come challenge me at
a competition or on the training track
for a workout session.
At the end of the day, I can listen to
the anthem anytime. I can stand under
a flag anytime in T&T with the same
amount of pride as in the Olympics.
The glory and honour of my achieve-
ments belongs to God as He is on the
As I continue to celebrate Him, I
must contend that this is perhaps
the longest celebration of victory in
world sports and I am just contented
and proud to be a small part of it.
T&T sprinter Emmanuel Callender speaks out on Ministry of Sports
treatment of 4x 100 metres relay team, athletes
Goalkeeper Andre Blake ... made a great save in the first half.
Being an elite athlete
is a tough job
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