JFF vs Phoenix All Stars Football Club (Part 3)


Swag Medz

FR Sports Staff Writer

By: Sheldon Wright

Let us take an introspective look into what Leicester City have done by winning the English Premier League on a 5000-1 prediction with a squad worth 23 million pounds. Therefore, dreams really can come through. To make this occurrence the more surreal, the captain of their team represents Jamaica in that of the stalwart Wes Morgan.

England must be thinking “Oops, we missed a quality center back there mate”. Yet it begs the questions, does Jamaica possess this kind of quality? Can Jamaica achieve the impossible and qualify for a World Cup? It is clear that the impossible can be done, with willpower, team spirit, hard work that Leicester City showed the world before their very eyes. Look closely Jamaica, we can very well be a big contention in world football.


Does Jamaica lack leadership in the development and prosperity of football in Jamaica? Well if there is one example of leadership, it surely isn’t lacking in the likes of Westley Morgan, he literally drove his team, one which was never fancied to do what to many seemed the impossible. Adidas should offer that a man a solid contract, to promote their slogan, “Impossible is nothing”. Given that football requires so much education, and training of not only the body but the mind. Why then is the leadership of Jamaica’s football not extending this to every facet of learning into the culture of football in Jamaica.

Is Craig Butler’s Phoenix All Stars Football Academy on to something as it relates to developing world class football players such as Leon Bailey and Kyle Butler?

Wes Morgan

(Westly “Wes” Morgan captain of EPL champions Leicester City and Jamaica football teams)

Radical Change

Belgium brought about the development of the golden generation of footballers, and I would not be surprised if they win this year’s European Championships in France. But what many people may not remember or know is that they took a radical approach to the development of their football. With the then technical director of football Michel Sablon making a massive decision to have all youth teams play a fluid and flexible 4-3-3 formation for all footballers, and stress development of the players over winning at all cost. “I had a plan to change the way we did everything,” Belgium’s former technical director Michel Sablon, told BBC Sport.

How we see a golden generation of players have emerged at the international level, stars such as Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bryune, Romelu Lukaku, Vincent Kompany, etc has proven that a smaller footballing nation can provide huge talented quality football players.

Belgium National team

11.10.2013., Zagreb, Stadium Maksimir – Qualifying match for the World Cup 2014th In Brazil, Group A, Croatia – Belgium. First row from left: Thibaut Courtois, Marouane Fellaini, Nicolas Lombaerts, Axel Witsel, Daniel Van Buyten, Romelu Lukaku. Second row from left: Toby Alderweireld, Kevin De Bruyne, Steven Defour, Eden Hazard, Jan Vertonghen. Photo: Igor Kralj/PIXSELL

(Belgium National Football team aka “The Red Devils”)

Now FR Sports believes that Belgium will be one of the teams to meet France in the final at the Euro 2016 in France this summer. Can Jamaica Football Federation replicate something like this?

Please let us know your views by commenting on this article and discuss and suggest anything sports related to Jamaica and the Caribbean.

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Email: Sheldon.wright@yahoo.com





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