Schafer’s struggles

first_img LACKING QUALITY Former Rivoli and Waterhouse coach Calvert Fitzgerald was critical of the overseas-born players in the squad, arguing that they lacked real quality and add nothing to the team. “The Jamaica national team is mainly made up of players from England who play in the lower leagues. A lot of them not even start in the championship. So it simply means they could not be all that good. None of them can land a contract out of England,” he said. Powell has been singled out for his performances but Rudolph Speid, the former Kingston and St Andrew Football Association president and current technical director at Red Stripe Premier league campaigner Cavalier,was a little more forgiving. “The public is against Alvas not for his playing. Everyone is looking that he walked out of the team and got back without a minute suspension, but I don’t think he is a bad player. He has been found wanting, but he is young,” he reasoned, before giving his assessment of the team’s chances in their remaining two group games. “Panama has everything in their favour. They have the points, they have the goal difference, they are at home and physically, we cannot bully them, so it’s for the coach to choose the right tactics,” Speid said. “We will definitely need help from other teams, most notable from Costa Rica, and we have to be perfect in our two games.” Powell has also come under pressure for his lapses defensively, but Speid put his mistakes down to inexperience. Schafer was contacted yesterday, but declined to comment. Meanwhile, Jamaica sits third in their group on four points – three less than Panama, where they will travel to on September 2; and six behind leaders Costa Rica. Haiti, who will play in Kingston on September 6, are in last place on one point. Reggae Boyz head coach Winfried Schafer and his technical staff have been given a failing grade by local coaches, after the team’s unconvincing showing in recent times, underlined by poor results in back-to-back World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica. Defensive weakness, incorrect tactics, apparent discontent in the camp and the presence of what some have called substandard overseas-born players, are among the major issues mentioned. It has been suggested that the return of defender Alvas Powell to the fold – unpunished, after walking out on the team in the Gold Cup – is a cause of the contention within the squad. The team started well against ‘Los Ticos’ in the first game last week Friday, playing the best football they have played in some time and taking a 1-0 lead into the break. Costa Rica secured the equaliser for a 1-1 draw before outclassing the Jamaicans 3-0 in the reverse fixture. Former national assistant coach Bradley Stewart questioned some of Schafer’s choices, in particular his decision to keep defender Adrian Mariappa on the field in last Friday’s draw. “Mariappa got injured and the best thing he (Schafer) should have done is take Mariappa out and put in Jermaine Taylor, as a fit Taylor is as good as a fit Mariappa,” he said. “If you are a quality team you are expected to win your games at home, things are against you when you travel. It is always more difficult to beat a team at their yard that you cannot beat at your yard,” he stated in a grim outlook on the team’s chances to advance.last_img read more

US registration fake

first_imgAircraft found at YupukariDays after a Joint Services patrol discovered an illegal aircraft at the Yupukari Airstrip, in Region Nine (Upper Takatu-Upper Essequibo), local investigators are saying that the United States registration number on the aircraft is fake.This was disclosed by Minister of State Joseph Harmon on Thursday at the post Cabinet briefing. Updating the media on the probe, the Minister noted that the aircraft bore US registration N-767-Z; however, when checks were made with the US authorities as to the owner of the aircraft, it was revealed that the registration was bogus.“That registration is a US registration, however, subsequent checks by the team from the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), (Guyana) Civil Aviation Authority, CANU (Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit) and the Guyana Police Force, it was discovered that that registration is a bogus registration. There is another aircraft flying (Wednesday) in the United States of America with the same registration number,” Harmon disclosed.Based on reports received from the GDF, the discovery was made following information received by a Joint Service patrol on Tuesday, September 13. The following day, ranks from the Defence and Police Forces visited the area sometime around 09:50h and conducted a search, during which the twin engine Cessna aircraft was discovered.Subsequently, a team of investigators from the GDF, GPF and CANU was deployed to the area to conduct investigations. According to Harmon, the aircraft was found hidden in the bushes.“It was off of the airstrip itself and there seemed to have been some kind of a camouflage kind-of net that was thrown over it and it was partly in the bushes,” the Minister stated.He went on to say that while he cannot divulge much information since the probe is ongoing at the site, it appears as though the aircraft has been there for a few days. However, the Minister noted that it could not have been there longer because the Joint Service patrols monitor the North and South Rupununi on a regular basis and is in touch with the residents of the communities in these areas.“So they are in touch with the villages and with the communities and that connection of information from the community to joint services is working well for the defence and security of our borders,” the Minister of State outlined.Nevertheless, Harmon stated the team there is examining the aircraft to determine whether any cargo was brought into the country on the aircraft. “They are checking on that and as soon as we have information that we can release, we will let you have that information,” he assured.The discovery of the aircraft at the active airstrip has spurred suspicions of narcotics trafficking, which is prevalent in Guyana’s hinterland region. In fact, Minister Harmon had disclosed that that area is under regular and constant surveillance following an incident in the past whereby a nearby airstrip was used by an aircraft that was connected to the illegal drug trade.last_img read more