‘Great pre­sea­son main rea­son for Lion’s good start’

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Marc Stamp Gleaner Writer

HUM­BLE LION FC’s as­sis­tant coach, Len­worth Gor­don, says his team’s rise to the top in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) 2016-17 is as a re­sult of a great pre­sea­son pro­gramme.

The Claren­don-based Hum­ble Lion are sole lead­ers on 12 points after five games, ahead of Ar­nett Gar­dens and UWI FC – both on 10 points, fol­lowed by new­com­ers Ja­malco FC and reign­ing cham­pi­ons Mon­tego Bay United (MBU) on nine points each in the top half of the 12-team RSPL ta­ble.

The RSPL lead­ers now have their sights set on win­ning the ti­tle for the first time in the club’s his­tory after a 2-1 win against MBU last Sun­day.

“We had a great pre­sea­son. I be­lieve that’s the rea­son why we are do­ing well now as we have a great squad,” Gor­don said dur­ing the RSPL weekly press con­fer­ence at Red Stripe yes­ter­day.


After los­ing to Port­more at the semi-fi­nal stage in the na­tion’s top league last sea­son, Hum­ble Lion brought back Dono­van Duckie as coach and added Gor­don as his as­sis­tant in or­der to win the ti­tle.

“It is go­ing to be dif­fer­ent. The aim is to sell at least one player (abroad) and win the tro­phy. Dono­van Duckie was brought back, and I came in along with the ad­di­tion of a few ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers,” the as­sis­tant coach dis­closed.

“I am not sur­prised that the team is on top as we con­tinue to train with high in­ten­sity. We want to be the top team at the end of the sea­son,” he added.

Hum­ble Lion will next play against last year’s beaten fi­nal­ists Port­more United on Sun­day at Juici Park in Claren­don, start­ing at 3 p.m.

The game is seen as a Claren­don derby as Port­more have re­lo­cated to the par­ish.

“We are focused and con­fi­dent to play Port­more for the first time since the loss in the two-way semis. We con­sider this a derby game. It will be tough; how­ever, our team spirit is high and we re­main very con­fi­dent,” Gor­don added.

Gor­don said the ad­di­tion of sea­soned Premier League play­ers such as Gary McIn­tosh, Dwayne Holmes, Rafiek Thomas, Hughan Gray, and the re­turn­ing Devon Hodges has bol­stered the squad.

“Per­son­ally, Dono­van Duckie is one of the best coaches, if not the best, in Ja­maica. As a young coach, I would chose none other to learn from at this point. He is a pro­fes­sional and se­cond to none,” Gor­don said about his boss, Duckie.

“The sup­port is also great from the chair­man (Mike Henry) and the oth­ers. We plan to make Mr Henry proud by win­ning the ti­tle this sea­son,” Gor­don also said.


Hum­ble Lion’s head coach Dono­van Duckie.

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