Tough scheduling hurting Excelsior – Halliman
Excelsior’s head coach, Leebert Halliman, says the hectic football schedule has taken a toll on his team and will put them at a disadvantage entering Saturday’s big Manning Cup semi- final clash against Jamaica College at the National Stadium.
Halliman told STAR Sports that none of the teams in the semi- finals have played as many games in as short a period of time as his team.
“I have to be playing three 1 o’clock games three or four days apart, while the rest of the teams have been resting for seven or eight days and so are at an advantage,” Halliman said.
“JC have been sitting down for the last seven days and so they will be fresh, while we just played a semi- final game, which went to extra time and so the odds will be against us,” he added.
Halliman also stated that he believes that in addition to a hectic schedule, his team is at a disadvantage due to the schoolboy football recruitment process, which leaves his team with less depth than others.
“These other teams in the semi- finals are market teams, because they are in a transfer market and we are not. I don’t have the quality and the depth like these other teams, because I am not in the market for transferring players.”
Excelsior defeated defending Manning Cup champions St George’s College 4- 2 on penalties, on Tuesday, to reach the final of the Walker Cup.
The Mountain View- based institution will hold a slight advantage over their opponents entering Saturday’s clash, after defeating them ( JC) 2- 0 in the quarter- finals of the Walker Cup competition.
Halliman added that the Walker Cup competition is much different from the Manning Cup tournament, and both teams will be taking a much different approach to Saturday’s game.
“I can’t ask my team for more than just to go out there and give it their best shot on Saturday,” Halliman said.
“It was not easy for us to reach here, and so we just have to go out and defend it.”
“We can’t reach here and get complacent, because it is either joy or tears. I told them that come Saturday, to play hard and enjoy their game,” Halliman said.
St George’s College and Wolmer’s Boys will meet in the other semi- final.