19th Kashif and Shanghai Tournament

Pele: ‘We will give a good account of ourselves’

By Rawle Toney

“It’s not a matter of boasting and saying that you will win, it’s a matter of giving a good account of yourself,” says Pele Football Team’s coach Denzil Thompson.

Gregory  Richardson
Gregory Richardson

The city side faced Milerock in the opening encounter of  yesterday’s double header at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground in Linden, where the 19th annual Kashif and Shanghai football tournament kicked off.

Milerock holds a psychological advantage over Pele, beating them in the last two meetings over 12 years ago.

Pele played in the finals of the tournament twice (1996 and 1997) and on both occasions, it was a Linden team that defeated them.

In other attempts they have either been booted out in the preliminaries or failed to qualify for the tournament.

This time around, the team’s coach said that his side has proven to many that they are more than worthy of being part of the tournament and they have put in some amount of work and will be putting up a good showing.

Konata Manning
Konata Manning

“First of all everyone knows what Pele brings to the table whenever we show up in a tournament, so I’m not going to be boastful at all. I wasn’t the coach of the last team that played Milerock the last time, but what I’m going to say is that if your team is not fit, you can’t beat Pele,” said coach Thompson

The coach told Stabroek Sport that they only recently did an endurance run which started from the Linden/Soesdyke Highway junction to Yarowkabra Creek on the highway.

He also said that he was more than impressed with the outcome since all the players completed the run in just over 35 minutes. “Right now we have been working on our tactical work since I’m satisfied with the team’s physical. Regardless of the weather my team is in the National Park both mornings and afternoons preparing for the event.”

Thompson referred to his training as water polo since most parts of the park are under water from the current heavy rainfall. Pele will be taking full advantage of the four `loan-player’ ruling and in that light, they have sought the services of national striker Gregory “Jackie Chan” Richardson, national midfielder Konata Manning, Quincy Hemerding and a surprise player.

Richardson, who plays semi-professional footbll in Trinidad and Tobago, is one of the league’s most flambouyant strikers and recently made his name for himself with some excellent performances for his team in the CONCACAF Champions League.

Kashif Muhammad, co-director of the organization has reported that, based on his excellent showing in the league against some top clubs from the USA’s Major League Soccer (MLS), Mexico and other teams from the CONCACAF Zone, he will be heading to France next year to play with a top club in that country.

However up to press time yesterday, it was not known whether he would have been available for yesterday’s match but Thompson said that Manning, who is based in Canada, is with the squad  and will play.

More in Sports

The Guyana players are ecstatic at becoming overall champs for a 12th successive time.

Guyana crowned overall junior squash champions for 12th time

Despite failing to win the girls team title Guyana yesterday retained the overall team title at the annual junior Maples Caribbean squash championships for an incredible and unprecedented 12th successive year.

Opener Kraigg Brathwaite defends a delivery during his top score of 74 on the third day of the opening Test against India yesterday. (Photo courtesy WICB)

Dowrich shines but Windies battling to avoid defeat

NORTH SOUND, Antigua, CMC – Wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich struck his second half-century in only his third Test but West Indies were staring at a possible innings defeat after being forced to follow-on by India, on the second day of the opening Test here yesterday.

default placeholder

Contrsating wins for Bounty GCC, Hikers and GCC Vintage

Bounty Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC), Hikers and GCC Vintage secured contrasting wins when the Lucozade Indoor Hockey Championship continued on Friday at the National Gymnasium on Mandela Avenue.

default placeholder

Riddim Squad, Camptown win by walkovers

Riddim Squad and Camptown secured walkover wins when the Georgetown Football Association (GFA) Stag Beer League continued yesterday at the Georgetown Football Club (GFC) ground in Bourda.

default placeholder

Wolf’s Warriors Masters stop Floodlights

Wolf Warriors Masters secured an upset win over Floodlights Softball Cricket team last Sunday when the Wolf’s Warriors Challenge Cup softball tournament continued at various venues.

23 July 2016; Zouks captain Daren Sammy (C) celebrates the wicket of Ahmed Shahzad (out of shot) as Andre Fletcher (R) completes the catch and Kyle Hope (L) looks on during Match 22 of the Hero Caribbean Premier League St Lucia Zouks v Barbados Tridents at the Daren Sammy Cricket Stadium in Gros Islet, St Lucia. Photo by Ashley Allen/Sportsfile

Sammy stars again as Zouks sink Tridents

GROS ISLET, St Lucia, CMC – St Lucia Zouks closed in on the top four when they cruised to their second straight home win with an easy seven-wicket verdict over Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League here yesterday.

Comments

About these comments

The comments section is intended to provide a forum for reasoned and reasonable debate on the newspaper's content and is an extension of the newspaper and what it has become well known for over its history: accuracy, balance and fairness. We reserve the right to edit or delete comments which contain attacks on other users, slander, coarse language and profanity, and gratuitous and incendiary references to race and ethnicity.



Stay updated! Follow Stabroek News on Facebook or Twitter.

Get the day's headlines from SN in your inbox every morning: