Tough fight expected from 'young' Charlie Smith
With only five returning players from last season's competition, Charlie Smith coach Jerome Waite is expecting tough challenges for his young team in this season's ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup.
He does, however, expect them to show their characteristic "Charlie spirit" and fight their way through the competition.
The team will comprise two returning players in attack and two in midfield.
"We have to be ready. New talent will emerge and we will be competitive. It's not a strong all-round team, but we will be competitive," Waite said.
The former champions are in Group E alongside Holy Trinity, Clan Carthy, Kingston, Mona and Waterford high schools.
"We know Kingston Technical is a very competitive team, Waterford High always spring up and show signs that they have players who can do well. As for the others, we expect them to compete," he said.
Waite, who has been considered one of the more inspiring schoolboy football coaches in the island, led Charlie Smith to the final in 2014 when they lost 3-1 to Jamaica College.
"We have a bunch of youngsters who can play competitive and some players who we will have to filter in the team as the season progresses. It will be pretty much a new team competing for the first time at this level," said Waite.
Waite said his objective is to be a part of the exciting FLOW Super Cup knockout competition again this year.
"To come out of the round, of course, is our aim. It's a new generation of youngsters and the objective is to take it round by round, and try and ensure that we reach the third round," he said.