MBU ap­peals to JFF for Wil­liams help

Jamaica Gleaner - - TUESDAY SPORTS - Kavarly Arnold Gleaner Writer

SANDRA CHRISTIE, chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer and di­rec­tor of ad­min­is­tra­tion at Mon­tego Bay United (MBU), is call­ing on the Ja­maica Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion (JFF) to aid in the fund­ing of former na­tional striker Dino Wil­liams’ groin surgery to be con­ducted in a mat­ter of days.

Christie said that the club has been await­ing word re­gard­ing re­quest made to the JFF over four months ago, but re­mains con­fi­dent that a re­ply is forth­com­ing.

“From as far back as June, we made a re­quest of the JFF, and we are await­ing their ap­proval. We ex­pect that they will, as with any mem­ber of the na­tional team, whether present or former. We know that they al­ways ex­tend their as­sis­tance to the clubs, and we ex­pect no less from them,” she said.

Christie pointed out that MBU is not look­ing for full fund­ing from the JFF, but is sim­ply ask­ing for the gov­ern­ing body’s as­sis­tance. How­ever, she told The Gleaner that the club is pre­pared to see the ath­lete through the surgery, with or with­out the aid of the JFF or any other sport­ing bod­ies.

KNOWN NAT’L PLAYER

“We sim­ply ask for the as­sis­tance of the JFF, as Dino is a known player and a former na­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tive. The obli­ga­tion for his med­i­cal at­ten­tion is the club’s, and MBU is pre­pared to see him through this as we are re­spon­si­ble for our play­ers, with or with­out the JFF. But cer­tainly, we ex­pect them to play a part, or any other or­gan­i­sa­tion af­fil­i­ated with sports, like the min­istry,” said Christie.

Christie told The Gleaner that Wil­liams’ in­jury has been a long-stand­ing one that has pre­vented him from per­form­ing at his best for quite some time.

She added that she hopes things will be smooth go­ing for their num­ber-one striker and wishes him a speedy and suc­cess­ful re­cov­ery.

“This in­jury has been a long­stand­ing one, some­what re­cur­rent, where the same area

keeps get­ting in­flamed. We hope that when the doc­tor ad­vises us that he is to go in, he will have a suc­cess­ful surgery and at the same time a speedy re­cov­ery so that he can come back to good form,” Christie said.

FILE

Boy’s Town’s An­drew Allen (left) stum­bles un­der pres­sure from Mon­tego Bay United’s Dino Wil­liams dur­ing a 2016 Red Stripe Premier League match.

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