Maxwell confident Haile can challenge for all 2016 schoolboy titles

September 05, 2016
Gladstone Taylor/ Photographer Alex Marshall (right) of St George's College celebrates moments after scoring against Haile Selassie durign a match int he 2015 Manninh Cup competition. Chevaun Bennett (left) and Ricardo Phipps of Haile Selassie look on.
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Alex Marshall of St. George's College (front) grimaces as he tries to keep Haile Selassie's Clive Bonner away from the ball during a 2015 Manning Cup game. Gladstone Taylor/ Photographer
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Local football coach Geoffrey Maxwell is looking forward to taking new team Haile Selassie to all titles available in the 2016 season of the ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup.

Maxwell is buoyed by his charges' passion, commitment, and preseason exploits.

"I don't know about other coaches, but I am looking forward to winning all the trophies because I don't go into anything to participate. I go in to win," he said.

Maxwell's most recent success was with Hydel High, which he coached to the Manning Cup final in 2012.

"I have not gone to Haile Selassie to develop players. I have gone there to win whatever trophy is in front of us, and we will be challenging for Manning Cup, Walker Cup, Super Cup and Olivier Shield," the former national coach warned.

DIFFERENT METHODS

Maxwell says his methods differ from that of his counterparts.

"My style is not just about getting a team 100 per cent fit but to understand my system of play and to know they are representing not only their school, but community," he explained.

He said the team had good results in training and preseason practice, which saw them beat a Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) league club.

"I think the team is around 75 per cent ready, which is good. There is a very strong commitment; I think they have realised that I am not one of those coaches to play with," he cautioned.

Maxwell's team will lock horns with last season's semi-finalists Jonathan Grant, Meadowbrook, St Catherine and Ardenne in Group D.

"I've watched a few other Manning Cup teams play practice matches, and based on what I have seen, if we play to our true potential and have a perfect day, we can win the Manning Cup," he said.

"We are confident we can beat anybody on our best day," Maxwell concluded.

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