Waterhouse relegation would be bad for football
Oneil Thompson, captain of Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) champions Arnett Gardens, believes that it would be bad for Jamaican football and football fans if three-time national champions Waterhouse FC were relegated this campaign.
With three games to go, Arnett, Montego Bay United, and Portmore United are certain semi-finalists, with just one coveted spot up for grabs.
The Drewsland-based Waterhouse will need to win both remaining games in this round to avoid being relegated and forget what has been an abysmal season.
They are bottom of the table with 28 points and need maximum points to avoid the drop.
"I pray Waterhouse stays up. That's for the good of Jamaican football and the fans," Thompson said at the RSPL Press Conference on Thursday at Red Stripe's head office at Spanish Town Road.
"I think if Waterhouse go down, it will spell disaster in a sense where the system is different," he stressed.
Portmore United are back in the league this season; they themselves, from relegation last year.
"The competitiveness of the league is one which you cannot question; the difference with the league now than before (is that) the team that normally comes up is the one that is fighting relegation," said Thompson.
He added: "This time, the team that comes up is one that is in the semi-final and one that is fighting for a relegation spot, so it leaves two of the bigger names to be struggling, and I definitely wouldn't like to see Waterhouse go down for many reasons because I don't think they have the same system as Portmore to keep everybody together."