Jamalco's Johnson surprised by team's lead

September 30, 2016
Jamalco's Rohan Richards

Rayon Johnson, Jamalco FC coach, has admitted some surprise with his team topping the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) competition, but maintains his charges are here to play, and give better performances as the competition gets tougher each round.

"I did not really see this at the start of the championships, but knowing that if our team goes out there and perform, we can expect great things from them. It's football, so you have to expect the unexpected," said Johnson.

"We are here to play, and expect the competition to get tougher and tougher. But we are just going out there and take it each day at a time, and hope that we get the best results," Johnson continued.

Johnson's Jamalco clipped newly promoted Maverley Hughenden 3-2 last week, which propelled them into pole position on nine points.

They have a superior goal difference over champions Montego Bay United and Humble Lion FC.

This Sunday, Jamalco will line up against former champions Tivoli Gardens, with the rural-based team expressing no fear.

"I haven't looked at the comparison between the rural and the urban teams, but based on what we have here, I think we are able to do well and also compete throughout the entire season," Johnson told STAR Sports, at the Red Stripe Premier League press conference yesterday.

The coach added that he is confident in the team's ability to get better and adapt to the demands of the competition.

"My first aim is to remain in the league. If it goes beyond that I have to give thanks, but the first aim is to remain in the league for next season," he stressed.

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