Winning - Jamalco's main target

September 03, 2016
@Normal:Wayne Williams (right) of Maverly FC dribbles the ball past a Jamalco defender during a National Premier League Football Playoff between the two teams on May 29.

Jamalco's coach Rayon Johnson is hoping his club's debut in local top-flight football is a winning one, when they open against last season's beaten finalist, Portmore United at the Juici Park field on Sunday at 3:30.pm.

Johnson says they are ready for the very difficult road that lays ahead this season.

"We will go up against Portmore and we will try to start on a high with a win and try to maintain it. We know it will get tougher as the season goes on and teams will get tougher and tougher, but we have to gain all the points we can in the early rounds and see how much we can accumulate overall, so we will be taking it one step at a time," he said.

"We cannot focus on the long season ahead. Sometimes when you have too much experience players they are the one who break down the team so we want a quality team that is going to work together," he added.

Jamalco added 18 new players to their roster but only eight of those have top-flight experience.

Their intention is to unearth and expose potential new players from the parish, says Johnson.

"We added a couple of new players. We try to get young players who are talented in the parish. We haven't gone in search of player from Premier League clubs, we are trying to strengthen the team with players from within the parish," he said.

"Some of these (parish) players played in other leagues and I have watched them and based on the quality they possess I think they can manage and match up with the Premier League boys, it's just a matter of getting them in the right shape and mindset to go in the league and perform well," he added.

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