Calabar fight for Manning Cup survival

September 29, 2016
Calabar High School's Javan Anderson (left) kicks the ball away from Jamaica College's Norman Campbell, during the Keane/Crosskill Memorial Festival of Football pre-season game on August 28.

Calabar coach Lijyasu Simms said his team must now win every remaining game if they want to stay in the ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup.

Calabar is fourth in the group with nine points from six games. St Jago High and Bridgeport are matched on 13 points but separated by goal difference. Hydel is third with 11 points.

Undaunted, Simms believes Calabar can come back.

"As I said to the players, we had a good pre-season. We had a good training in the summer. I tell this team that we haven't played our best football up to today (Tuesday)," he said.

The win was Calabar's second in a row after a 2-1 success over Hydel.

Aside from a 7-0 win over Campion College, Calabar lost to Bridgeport, St Jago, and Cumberland High School.

"I tell them keep working, and once we keep working, it will bear fruit," Simms added.

Calabar has a tough task ahead if it is to emerge from the group, but Simms says his team is ready.

"We're prepared for the long haul. We need to win every game from now on and we'll see how it goes."

Calabar's next game is against zone leader St Jago at Red Hills Road tomorrow.

"It's going to be a tough one. It's not going to be easy. We know what we have to do and the boys are up to the task," he said.

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