Daley's Portmore dream

April 22, 2016
File Jamaica's Omar Daley (left) fights for the ball with United States' Eric Lichaj during a CONCACAF Gold Cup match.

Omar 'Ratty' Daley, captain of promoted Portmore United FC, is living his dream of coming back to the local club that played a big role in his rise, and assisting in the club's quest for another hold on the Red Stripe Premier League.

After being demoted two seasons ago, five-time national champions, Portmore United (formerly Hazard United) returned to top flight football this season and topped the regular season table. Now, they have reached the final against Montego Bay United.

"I had a dream like Nesbeth (singer of hit song My Dream), so I'm back home to help my club return to the top," Daley told Star Sports, following his club's 4-3 aggregate win against Humble Lion in the semi-final.

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The former national junior and senior midfield star returned home last year after nine years playing professionally in England, Scotland, and the United States of America, and has been leading his troop admirably.

His club's technical director, Andre Waugh, was full of praise for the player.

"I think that he has been one of the main reason for our success so far. He has added his international and national experience to the team," Waugh said.

However, Daley says that it is all about teamwork, "Well, I'm not taking most of the credit, it's a collective effort," he said.

The RSPL final is scheduled to be played on May 2 in Montego Bay, but Daley believes it won't be any advantage for MBU.

'The team is under no pressure heading into the final. We started the season without a home ground, so we have no fear. We don't have a home, but we enjoy playing on big pitches," Daley, who will be celebrating his 35th birthday next Monday stated.

"It's a last push for the title so it is just a joyride. Some of the players are new to playing in a national final. We have to remain focus on the job.

He has scored only once in the RSPL since coming home this season, but his influence on and off the pitch has guided the team on the right path. The club is just a win away from a sixth national title.

Daley was a member of Portmore's championship team in the 2004-2005 season, then played abroad professionally at clubs such as Reading, Preston North End, Charleston Battery, Bradford City, Rotherham United, Motherwell, Minnesota United and Oklahoma City Energy.

He has represented Jamaica's national senior team 72 times and scored nine goals.

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