Not a one man band! Waite won't rush Vishinul Harris back for RSPL semi
Although Vishinul Harris played his first game for Arnett Gardens in months, in the team's KSAFA/Jackie Bell Knockout semi-final against Harbour View FC recently, coach Jerome Waite, insists that his star midfielder is still not ready for their Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) semi-final clash against Waterhouse at Drewsland mini-stadium on Monday. Waite further insisted that Arnett is not a one man team.
"Basically he is not fully ready, so it is not a situation where we are going to force the player into what he cannot manage at this time. We have to think about the long term career of the player," he said.
"Vishinul can make a difference in any team playing at the Premier League level, but at the same time if he is not ready and you cannot play him, you have to focus on the rest of the team," he added.
Although Harris, a key player from last season is likely to miss out on the semis, Waite is confident the Junglists have quality replacements that can deliver the club's second back-to-back title in their history after accomplishing the feat for the first time in 2000/2001 season.
"We can still deliver without him. If he is there, he will make the difference but it is not a one man team. We can also give other players opportunity to come in and give a good show," Waite said.
"For the first leg one, of the most important things is to ensure we keep a clean sheet. Keeping a clean sheet would be a positive. It's not going to be an easy game. We have played them (Waterhouse) three times for the season and all three ended in 1-1 draws, so we expect a competitive game," he added.
"The back-to-back is objective this season and what the team has done at the start of the season, going 29 games unbeaten, speaks for itself. We have lost the least amount of games (four) for the season, so it is in the team's grasp to go all the way, but we have to take it one step at a time," he cautioned.