– Mills thinks so
By Rawle Welch
Over the past three years, the two teams that contested the Digicel Nationwide Schools Football Competition final had a glaring disparity.
The disparity was of such that one team always seemed to be at a distinct disadvantage in size and height, but this time around the two teams, defending champion Christianburg / Wismar and their opponent Chase’s Academic Foundation appears to have no such discrepancy, except maybe that the former are the three-time reigning title holders and knows all about playing on the biggest stage.
The two teams are scheduled to meet in the final of the competition tomorrow, at the National Stadium, Providence and judging from all the talk that emanated during the press briefing that was held at the Digicel Head Office yesterday, fans could expect a sizzling battle for the top pize.
Head Coach of the reigning champion Anthony Stephens when asked by the media to make a prediction on the outcome responded by referring to his pronouncements of years ago when he pointed to the Lord Almighty as being the sole being with the answer.
He, however, was positive that his charges will put up a good show and if that is enough then it should take them over the line.
Stephens, who has been in charge of the team that has participated in every final to date, making them the most decorated team in the short history of the competition thanked the cellular company for sticking to its commitment to improve the level of the game locally and urged other relevant stakeholders to follow the path taken by Digicel.
He said the two teams know each other well and fans could expect a very good game, especially with the two teams possessing some of the most talented young ballweavers in the country.
Chase’s Head Coach Vurlon Mills, himself a national footballer also commended the Company for having the foresight to organise a tournament of such magnitude, referring to it as an investmnent well made.
He thanked all the schools and their coaches and teachers who spent countless hours getting them prepared to participate in the tournament.
Mills said the Digicel tournament is the biggest one at the schoiols level and every team would like to win it, but sadly there could be only one winner.
Chase’s Academic Foundation will be appearing in the final for the first time and according to Mills, the players have shown the commitment and dedication from the first day of training and they are hungry to win.
“The mood among the players is positive, they all know the importance of the game, they know the quality of the opposition and they know that they will have to play well to dethrone the champs.”
He urged football fans to come out and watch the young players showcase their skills in the biggest schools tournament in this country.
Meanwhile, Chase’s Captain Amanackie Forde exuded confidence about his team’s chances of winning, telling the gathering of the passion they share since the first day of training which is to win the title.
Tevin Crawford of Christianburg / Wismar said since this year will be his last he would like to go out with a victory and the guys have all rallied behind him to date.
“We are determined to end on a positive note and that is successfully defending our title,” Crawford closed.
Up for grabs will be $1million for the winner and $600,000for the runner-up.
Kick off time is 18:00 hrs.
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