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UWI keen on establishing strong foundation

first_imgSurviving their first season of top-flight football. That is the aim of the University of the West Indies (UWI) as they embark on their first ever season of Red Stripe Premier League football.UWI FC club president, Dalton Myers, said they are still getting used to life at the top, but believes they have the resources and professionalism to avoid the drop in their first season.”The aim is to stay in the league. It makes no sense going in and dropping out after a year because you are going to invest a lot of money. So the idea is to stay in the league,” he stated.”We think we have the players and system in place to at least stay up and anything else is a bonus. But you can expect a lot of surprises from UWI,” he continued.”We are a resourceful university. One of our assets is that we have a very good facility, so that cost of upgrading and getting it running did not kill us too much.”But like everybody else, we try to get funds for players, management, meals, etc., so we are getting there and a lot of persons are reaching out to us, recognising that we are a new club and want to lend their support and we think we are going to get a lot more support than we anticipated,” he reasoned.The newcomers have drafted experienced league campaigners like Rivoli United’s Anthony Greenland, Raffique Bryan of Arnett Gardens, Girvan Brown from Cavalier and Jamie Robinson of Tivoli Gardens, to strengthen their already seasoned squad.Already at the club are Andrae Bernal, Jhaiovonne Howard, goalkeeper Amal Knight, Renardo Lee, Nicholas McMorris and Jabari Wallace.Nonetheless, Myers insists that it is still going to be a tough season.Best players possible”We have some good players and we are trying to get the best players we can get and we are doing everything to ensure that we have a fantastic season,” he said.”But when you step up to the Premier League, it’s a whole different ball game. It’s been tough; it’s not an easy League. You have clubs here that are well seasoned, so we are playing catch up in our two months to get prepared.”Getting our facilities prepared, getting in the market, getting players, getting them ready, getting training ready, getting the facility up and running, getting licence, sorting out coaching staff, management, nutrition and accommodation, we have done it all. So we are as ready as anybody else and as times goes by we should get better at it,” he said.- L.S.last_img read more

Tottenham and England sweat on Kane injury

first_img0Shares0000Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane receives medical attention during the match against Bournemouth on March 11, 2018 © AFP / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 12 – Tottenham and England face an anxious wait to find out the full extent of Harry Kane’s ankle injury, saying they will not know the severity of the damage until Tuesday at the earliest.The England striker, 24, was due to undergo a scan after limping off during the first half of Spurs’ 4-1 win at Bournemouth on Sunday, just three months before the start of the World Cup in Russia. Reports said that swelling around Kane’s right ankle needs to reduce before the extent of the injury can be determined.Spurs play Swansea in the FA Cup quarter-finals at the weekend while England manager Gareth Southgate will on Thursday name his squad for forthcoming friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy.Kane, who has 39 goals for club and country this season, left the stadium in Bournemouth on crutches and wearing a protective boot after sustaining the injury in the process of scoring a disallowed goal in the first half.He hobbled around the side of the pitch and appeared to be preparing to come back before disappearing down the tunnel to be replaced by Erik Lamela.Kane suffered ligament damage to the same ankle twice last season.He was sidelined for seven weeks and missed 10 Spurs games due to the initial injury, picked up against Sunderland in September 2016.However, he then returned to action within a month of sustaining a similar problem in an FA Cup tie with Millwall last March.Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, whose side are chasing a top-four finish in the Premier League, was optimistic about the latest injury setback and said Kane remained upbeat.“We hope that it’s not a massive issue,” said the Argentine coach. “He felt that when he ran and twisted his ankle that it was impossible to stay on the pitch.“Harry has a great character and is always positive, happy with the victory for the team, of course disappointed with his problem. But if you’re positive you start the recovery from injury from now.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more