Maxwell, Se­lassie High part ways

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Marc Stamp Gleaner Writer

VET­ERAN FOOT­BALL coach Ge­of­frey Maxwell is no longer in charge of Haile Se­lassie High School’s Man­ning Cup team.

Maxwell parted ways with Haile Se­lassie af­ter he met with the school’s prin­ci­pal, Lorenzo El­lis, yes­ter­day morn­ing.

“I don’t want to say any­thing. I don’t want to com­ment on the sit­u­a­tion, but I am no longer with Haile Se­lassie. I met with the prin­ci­pal and a de­ci­sion was taken,” Maxwell, who was hired as Haile Se­lassie’s coach dur­ing the sum­mer, told The Gleaner.

How­ever, ef­forts to con­tact Haile Se­lassie prin­ci­pal’s El­lis, on sev­eral oc­ca­sions, proved fu­tile as his mo­bile num­ber went unan­swered.

Maxwell dis­missed re­ports that he had been work­ing with Dinthill Tech­ni­cal High in the daCosta Cup com­pe­ti­tion.

“I am not at Dinthill. I went to a foot­ball game that Dinthill was play­ing last week­end and was stand­ing near the bench. They (Dinthill) had about three coaches there giv­ing instructions,” Maxwell said.


Maxwell started well at Haile Se­lassie as the team won nine of 10 Group D pre­lim­i­nary-round matches and lost the other to fin­ish on 27 points in first po­si­tion. That al­lowed them pas­sage to the ISSAFLOW Man­ning Cup sec­ond round, the pres­ti­gious FLOW Su­per Cup com­pe­ti­tion for the first time, and the Walker Cup knock­out com­pe­ti­tion.

How­ever, things went sour when Maxwell ac­cused per­sons of in­ter­fer­ing with the team fol­low­ing a 2-0 loss to


Ja­maica Col­lege in the Walker Cup semi­fi­nal match on Oc­to­ber 18. Haile Se­lassie were also elim­i­nated from the FLOW Su­per Cup when they went down 3-0 to Rusea’s High last Satur­day at the Mon­tego Bay Sports Com­plex in Cather­ine Hall.

Maxwell also spent time at Hy­del, and dur­ing that pe­riod, he guided the St Cather­ine school to a his­toric ap­pear­ance in the Man­ning Cup fi­nal in 2013, where they lost to St Ge­orge’s Col­lege.

He guided Ex­cel­sior High to one Man­ning Cup ti­tle and two Walker Cup ti­tles in the 1980s and also coached Water­house to the Na­tional League tro­phy in 1998.

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