Principal of Mahdia Secondary School, Richard Sinclair, speaking with a section of the media via telephone recently said a loss or even a draw is not part of the plan as they prepare to participate in this year’s Digicel-sponsored Nationwide Schools Football Competition which is set to commence next Friday.
Sinclair said that the team lost the opportunity to compete in last year’s final after being eliminated from the competition by the toss of a coin, referring to it as a bitter disappointment, but a setback which they are aiming to correct this time.
He informed that the team has been in training since January which according to him is testimony of how serious they are taking the tournament, while adding that he believes they stand an excellent chance of winning the tournament.
“The team is made up of players who play for clubs in the area”.
According to him, the decision to select experienced players to form the core of the team was an easy one since it meant that the coaches did not have to go through the fundamentals of the sport, if they had gone another route.
He mentioned also given the fact that most of the players are already members of clubs they will then benefit from additional practice.
Apart from the boys being members of football clubs, Sinclair said that discipline plays a major role, “the boys are not only players, but they are also ambassadors for the school.”
The players are drawn from Forms three and four and the decision to contain the selection of players to those classes only is because students in the higher class are currently writing exams and it would not be a wise thing to disrupt their studies.
The team currently is being trained by two coaches, one a teacher/coach and the other a coach provided by sponsor Digicel.
At present moves are being made to have the business community of Mahdia fully involved in the team’s preparations and even to sponsor competitions.
This he opined could further strengthen the sport at the school level and even serve as a catalyst to make the sport more competitive in the mining town and also produce some of the best players.
Sinclair, however, said that one of his disappointments is that there is no competition for females, disclosing that Mahdia has a lot of talented players who are just waiting for an opportunity to play competitive football.
Mahdia he said once had a team called Lily, but said that the team fell apart after the organiser of the competition returned to Bartica.
He said that he has no problem lobbing for reorganising of female football as it would be great for the community to have a female team and one that will have the same opportunity to compete at the schools level as the boys are doing.
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