Four for hon­ours at Bell-Ziadie Me­mo­rial

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Marc Stamp Gleaner Writer

FOUR FOOT­BALL per­son­al­i­ties will be hon­ourees at the 30th stag­ing of the Bel­lZiadie Me­mo­rial matches on He­roes Day (Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 17) at Winch­ester Park, St Ge­orge’s Col­lege.

Among this year’s hon­ourees are for­mer FIFA ref­eree Peter Pren­der­gast, for­mer schoolboy and na­tional star, Ken­neth ‘Bop’ Camp­bell, and posthu­mously for­mer na­tional goal­keeper Orville Edwards and for­mer St Ge­orge’s Col­lege and na­tional player, Leighton Hue.

“This year, we will hon­our four per­sons who con­trib­uted to the de­vel­op­ment of foot­ball in Ja­maica,” chief or­gan­iser Clive ‘Busy’ Camp­bell dis­closed dur­ing the launch of the Mas­ters and Celebri­ties-pro­moted event at Cuddy’z Res­tau­rant and Grill in New Kingston on Tues­day.

Camp­bell also said it is time for Ja­maica to get “back to ba­sics” in the de­vel­op­ment of foot­ball in Ja­maica.

“We are all sad­dened that we failed in our bid to ad­vance to World Cup 2018. We all can say we could have, we should have, but that is now his­tory,” Camp­bell said.

“We need to get back to ba­sics, nur­tur­ing our young­sters and putting in place struc­tured pro­grammes as a start. We can do bet­ter,” said the for­mer Ja­maica Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion league direc­tor, dur­ing the time when Rene Si­moes came to Ja­maica.

MES­SAGE TO COACHES

He added: “I ap­peal to the coaches of the var­i­ous foot­ball clubs to en­sure that they nur­ture the young tal­ent that is in their care by guid­ing them, talk to them about the ba­sic prin­ci­ples of foot­ball. The coaches need to ex­plain to them why be­ing dis­ci­plined is im­por­tant, ex­plain to them why ed­u­ca­tion is im­por­tant as one must be in­tel­li­gent to play foot­ball. Ex­plain to them why team work is im­por­tant. Once they get that, I think we should be well on our way.”

He fur­ther said: “Coaches should do it for the love of the game, do it for Ja­maica, do it be­cause of the pas­sion you feel. Do it for the tal­ented young men who are hun­gry for any op­por­tu­nity and not for the fame and for­tune that may just come your way.”

For­mer FIFA ref­eree, Pren­der­gast, called for the de­vel­op­ment of proper sur­faces in or­der for the im­prove­ment of the game in Ja­maica.

“We must have proper play­ing fields to move for­ward. We can­not con­tinue to play on those sur­faces that is af­fect­ing the game,” Pren­der­gast said.

The Bell-Ziadie matches are sched­uled to start at 2 p.m., with three teams par­tic­i­pat­ing. The teams in­clude St Ge­orge’s Col­lege In­vi­ta­tional, Chris Martin In­vi­ta­tional and Mas­ters and Celebri­ties.

Among the names are for­mer World Cup play­ers Wal­ter Boyd, Ri­cardo Gard­ner, Ian Goodison, as well as Shavar Thomas, Usain Bolt, Jer­maine Gonzales, Ni­cholas Ziadie and oth­ers.

Winthorpe ‘Jackie’ Bell and Den­nis Ziadie died in an ac­ci­dent dur­ing the 1986 FIFA World Cup Fi­nals in Mex­ico City, Mex­ico.

Since then, ‘Busy’ Camp­bell has or­gan­ised the game to hon­our both men, who con­trib­uted sig­nif­i­cantly to lo­cal foot­ball.

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