Corbett wants greater opportunity for local ‘ballers’

first_imgFormer Jamaica national football captain, the legendary and versatile Anthony ‘Badas’ Corbett, has a burning passion for the development of Jamaica’s football and has longed to play a role in the advancement of the sport locally. Recently, the former local idol has been afforded such an opportunity to make his contribution when newly appointed national Under-20 coaches, Craig Butler and Ricardo Gardner, invited him to share his experience and knowledge with the team. Cargill, who captained the national team for six years and led the country to the Caribbean Cup in 1991 and their third-place Gold Cup finish in 1993 before retiring shortly afterwards, is presently the Under-15 coach of Miramar United Elite FC in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and one of his greatest desires is to see young Jamaican footballers make the transition from national youth teams into the senior side. However, he believes lack of exposure, experience and quality facilities locally will continue to hamper the progress of young local talent and the sport’s development in general. “Jamaica’s football has made a big jump because we qualified for World Cup. My only concern is, after the World Cup what did we achieve?” he queried. “Normally, you should have a facility, because FIFA allocates money anytime a team goes to the World Cup. But the national programme doesn’t have a facility and that is a setback. That (facilities) is where the game is going now, you need facilities to grow,” he told The Gleaner. “They (Butler and Gardner) have reached out to me and it’s nice, even if it is just in a small capacity. To know you are respected by your fellow players who want you around is a good feeling. The beauty is (Craig) Butler and (Ricardo) Gardner are in charge of the Under-20s and they invited me to just to be around the team and give voluntary support and (share) the little experience I have. “I will support the programme because they need sponsors, and I am willing to support them 200 per cent, just so they can give the youths experience,” he reasoned. Corbett also wants to assist the senior team one day and he is hoping this is just the start of his reconnection with local football and the national football programme. “I don’t really push myself up. But I don’t have to be a coach around a national programme. Any capacity, anything I can do to help; that’s why I am here, to help Butler and Gardner and anything that they need that we can do,” he concluded. However, of greater concern is the transition of our junior national players into the senior team. Corbett said there is too much focus on overseas-born players representing Jamaica, when all the talent we need is right here. “In Jamaican football, if you play Under-17, by time you reach Under-20 they throw you away, and it’s not that those players aren’t good, but you need a ladder. Where is the feeder tree, why not invest in the youth level? “But they don’t invest in the Under-17s, the Under-20s and Under-23s, and that is sad really because exposure is what gives you experience. “The senior team plays a lot of friendlies all over the world, but the young kids play local club, so where is the exposure and experience going to come from? So, that is lacking as they do not want to invest the money,” Corbett bemoaned. “At nine years and 10 years, we were the best in the world,” he recalled. “(Winston) Chung-Fah proved that years ago when there was the Miami Classics and we won that every year, nine- to 12-year-olds. But after 12 (years), nothing, and I realise Jamaica doesn’t invest in kids. Nobody wants to wait, everyone wants to plant a seed and reap tomorrow, but we will never go anywhere like that. “The US team invests about US$6-7 million in their youths and our investment is worth about 50,000, still we match strides with them. So just give them a little more opportunity and expose them and they can do it,” he continued. With regard to his involvement, Corbett, who lives in Miami, is looking to contribute in any shape or form and to any of the other programmes. But he is also looking to learn as much as he can from two of the country’s most successful local talents to make it professionally overseas. MUTUAL RESPECT LOCAL TALENTlast_img read more

Giants hitting coach Alonzo Powell hits important medical milestone

first_imgSCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–Before the Giants took the field for a pregame workout at Scottsdale Stadium Thursday, a thunderous cheer erupted inside the clubhouse.It came after hitting coach Alonzo Powell told the club he finished his 40th and final radiation treatment for prostate cancer.The successful treatment was a milestone for Powell, 54, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer Jan. 2, 2018. The diagnosis came shortly after Powell agreed to return to his hometown team following a World Series …last_img read more

The Deets: The 49ers need to make a trade after Joe Staley’s injury — if only it were that easy

first_imgWelcome to The Deets — three thoughts on the world of sports, with an effort to focus on the things that might fall through the cracks in this convoluted Bay Area scene, three times a week.If you have something you’d like me to hit, just holler. I’m on Twitter @dieter or you can email me at dkurtenbach@bayareanewsgroup.com1. The Niners need to make a trade for a left tackle(Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group)For the last 13 years, you could count on No. 74 being on the field for the 49ers …last_img read more

Green and gold rivals from Down Under

first_imgWhenever South Africa is on a sports field, the fiercest rivals always come from Australia. When both countries put on their green and gold colours, encounters usually turn into dogfights. With Australia being the co-hosts for the upcoming Cricket World Cup, we look back at the history of this bloodthirsty rivalry in various sports. South Africa and Australia’s sports rivalry can be traced back to 1902, when the two first faced each other in test cricket match. Since then, both countries have been at each other’s throats in various sports, from rugby to swimming. (Image: Brand South Africa) • When football became Africa’s game• Januaries keeps Mandela spirit alive in France • Rugby museum stirs Bok memories • Football in Africa: a visual quiz• Dale Steyn helps kids to aim high  Shamin ChibbaSouth Africa’s biggest sports rival is, without doubt, Australia. Matches between the two nations across most sporting codes are scorching affairs where the results are unpredictable. The Aussies even wear green and gold, like the South Africans. They may be hated, but they do bring out the best in our sportsmen and women.Most of the competitiveness is concentrated in rugby and cricket, but it’s not unusual to find the two countries also pulling each other’s hair in the swimming pool or on the hockey field or netball court.In a Fox Sports opinion piece published in 2014, Australian writer Antony Pinshaw admitted that South Africa was Australia’s biggest rivals in world sport. “We love to beat the Kiwis and rejoice when we roll the Poms, but it is fair to say our fiercest sporting rivalry is not either of these nations… The Rainbow Nation is our fiercest rival.”He goes on to talk about the clashes between the countries in rugby and cricket, and even compares the countries’ sportspeople. “From netball and football to swimming and lawn bowls, our two nations seem to bring the best out of each other. And for every one of our great sportspeople, they seem to have an equivalent. We have Greg Norman; they have Ernie Els (and Gary Player). We have Susie O’Neill; they have Penny Heyns. We have Tim Cahill; they have Steven Pienaar.”We present to you statistics of games played between South Africa and Australia in rugby union and cricket. RugbyThe first test between the two sides took place on 8 July 1933, at Newlands, Cape Town; South Africa won 17-3. The Boks went on to dominate the Wallabies from that period until 1971, winning 21 of the 28 games played. But in 1972, Australia supported the boycott of sporting contacts with South Africa because of apartheid. The two would only meet 20 years later, back at Newlands. And the Wallabies welcomed the Boks back to international rugby with a 26-3 thrashing.CricketSouth Africa and Australia first faced each other on the cricket pitch in 1902, when the test in Johannesburg ended in a draw. Since then, the two sides have played 90 mores tests against each other, with Australia winning 50 of those.Australian great Sir Donald Bradman might have terrorised South African bowlers with the bat during his playing career, but he was the most outspoken against South Africa’s all-white team during the apartheid era.Bradman opposed South Africa’s tour of Australia in 1971-72 but according to Australian writer and activist Martin Hodgson, Bradman believed South African cricketers were exempt because they had shown their opposition to racism. In a letter to Australian editor Rohan Rivett, he wrote: “They have tried harder than our protesters to do something about it. I cannot see why they should be blamed for the attitudes of a government with which they disagree.”Bradman even flew to South Africa to meet the then prime minister, John Vorster, to discuss the issue. When he asked the reason for leaving out black players in cricket, Vorster said they were intellectually inferior and would not cope with the intricacies of cricket. Bradman asked Vorster: “Have you ever heard of Garry Sobers?”Back in Australia, he announced that they would not play South Africa until it had chosen a team on a non-racial bias. The two sides would not face each other again until December 1993 in Melbourne. Memorable matchesNo South African who watched the 1999 World Cup semi-final will ever forget it when Lance Klusener slogged South Africa into a winning position. With one run to win, a wicket remaining and three balls to spare, Klusener struck the ball and ran for the single but Alan Donald did not follow up. It was a heart-sinking moment when Donald, in an attempt to reach the other end, dropped his bat and was run-out, giving Australia a place in the final. Seven years later, Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg was host to one of the most thrilling one-day encounters in cricket history. On 12 March 2006, Australia set the highest total in one-day cricket history at the time of 434 runs. And then South Africa surpassed that total in the same game, setting a new record of 438 runs. South Africans who represented AustraliaAustralia has gladly taken South African sporting talent and made them theirs. Some of the three athletes, though, chose to play for Australia as a way to escape apartheid South Africa.The first South African cricket captain in the new South Africa, Kepler Wessels, played for Australia between 1982 and 1986. Thinking that he would not be able to represent his home country, he became the first South African-born person to play for Australia. He also became the 13th Australian to score a century on his debut, which was against England.He retired from the national team in 1986, expressing his disillusionment with Australian cricket. But six years later he found himself back in the international test frame as South Africa’s captain after the country was reinstated into the International Cricket Council.Durban-born rugby player Clyde Rathbone played centre for the Wallabies 26 times. However, before making his mark in Australia, he captained the South African under-21 side to victory in the 2002 u-21 Rugby World Cup and for KwaZulu-Natal side the Sharks in the then Super 12.At the end of 2002, he moved to Australia and qualified to play for the Wallabies by virtue of having an Australian-born paternal grandmother.East London surfer Wendy Botha also traded her South African colours for those of Australia. A four-time world champion, she won her first title as a South African in 1987. But after adopting Australian citizenship to avoid travel restrictions placed on the apartheid government, she went on to win three more in 1989, 1991 and 1992.Botha earned widespread fame when she posed nude for the September 1992 issue of the Australian edition of Playboy magazine, earning the magazine its first sold out issue.In 2009, Botha was inducted into the Surfing Walk of Fame in Huntington Beach, California, as Woman of the Year.last_img read more