Coaches re­act to shock­ing death of StGC stu­dent

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Marc Stamp and Shayne Fair­man Gleaner Writ­ers

A NUM­BER of the is­land’s school­boy foot­ball coaches have com­mented on the pass­ing of St Ge­orge’s Col­lege foot­baller Do­minic James, who col­lapsed dur­ing his team’s ISSA/Man­ning Cup con­test against Ex­cel­sior High at Sta­dium East yes­ter­day.

James fell to the ground in ap­prox­i­mately the fourth minute of the game and later died at the Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal of the West Indies.

The young­ster ar­rived at St Ge­orge’s Col­lege from Ja­maica Col­lege (JC) two years ago and JC head coach and na­tional se­nior team as­sis­tant coach Miguel Co­ley re­mem­bers the stu­dent fondly, de­scrib­ing him as a “true player”.

“His par­ents al­ways said he is a true player of the game as he al­ways wanted to win and do well and excel in foot­ball.

He was happy where he was (at St Ge­orge’s). We al­ways fol­lowed up with him as he is some­one who has rep­re­sented us well since he was 15,” said Co­ley yes­ter­day.

Christo­pher Ben­der, coach of Cam­per­down High, was also sad­dened by the death of the 18-year-old St Ge­orge’s Col­lege Up­per Sixth form stu­dent.

“Well, con­do­lences to the par­ents of Do­minic. We can only pray for them. It is a tough sit­u­a­tion for the fam­ily,” Ben­der ex­pressed.

Mar­cel ‘Fuzzy’ Gayle, St Ge­orge’s as­sis­tant coach, was at a lost for words when con­tacted.

“I knew him be­fore he came to St Ge­orge’s. It is tough, and I can­not re­ally talk about it now,” Gayle said.

The game was a top clash in the group and was en­ter­tain­ing up to the time when it was called off by ref­eree Wil­ver­glen Lamey.

St Ge­orge’s Col­lege scored early when Akeem Robotham pro­duced a beau­ti­ful goal from just out­side the 18-yard box.

Thorne Buchanan then scored two quick goals for Ex­cel­sior to put them ahead. Ex­cel­sior led 2-1 when the game was stopped.




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