Mar 24, 2016 Sports
By Rawle Welch
With the Annual Digicel Nationwide Schools Football Competition fastly approaching, Chase Academic Foundation’s recent triumph as back to back champions of the Milo Under-20 Tournament has initiated hot debate as to who will be the last team standing in the country’s biggest junior football spectacle.
Many believe that four-time champions Christianburg Wismar Multilateral, who has made it to the final on every occasion of the tournaqment’s history will not have things as easy as past years judging from Chase Academic Foundation’s improved all-round ability and team chemistry which was on full display, during the recently concluded Milo Tournamnt for schools in the Georgetown environ.
The Parade Street, Kingston-based institution convincingly outplayed each and every opponent they faced in the month and a half long tournament showing marked improvement after every game which culminated with an awe-inspiring performance against Lodge in the final to repeat as champions.
Coached by national mid-fielder Vurlon Mills, the Foundation, which has shown its intent to recruit some of the best players at the junior level, was a class above the rest in most aspects of the game, playing at a high intensity for long periods, exhibiting more technical and tactical skills as compared with the other teams as well as remaining composed even in the face of hostility
for being labeled favourites.
They will have the advantage of retaining a significant number of players from the last tournament and coming off such a competitive tournament combined with a few players who’re playing at the senior level for various clubs, they will be battle ready for the Digicel showpiece so the defending champs will have to be prepared to face a much tougher challenge than last year.
While this newspaper is not in receipt of information that tells who’re the players that will be eligible to return, the grapevine gossip is that no less than six players could make the stipulated age group, a number that is significant enough to make them potentially potent.
However, for the past four years, Christianburg / Wismar has shown the fortitude as champions and this has made them one of the most feared teams to go up against at any time in the competition.
They are meticulously prepared, they are resilient to all challenges they face year after year and are also oblivious to the hostility they face as multiple-times champions.
They have a very experienced coaching staff that starts preparations very early and they too possess players who play at the highest level in the Mining Town of Linden, a community noted for churning out excellent players.
Georgetown-based teams will no doubt benefit from the superb preparations that the Milo Tournament presented and this should serve as an advantage ahead of other teams so a keenly contested tournament is in the making.
Christianburg / Wismar is noted for expertly using their vast experience of playing in finals and in front of large crowds to their benefit, but these vital components might not matter if Chase Academic Foundation makes it to the final.
They can now be considered seasoned so with those previously crucial advantages out of the way it could come down to which team has the largest band of supporters to will them on.
Should the early prediction of the two meeting in the final hold true then fans, football enthusiasts, scouts and sponsors could be served up a sizzling treat as our young ballweavers battle for supremacy.
However, readers must be reminded that these are early days and similar to what is happening in the Barclays Premier League in England where underdogs Leicester are leading the points table ahead of much fancied teams there might be a ‘sleeper’ school (s) lurking somewhere to upset the premature predictions.
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