UWI's Smith leading from the front

November 04, 2016
UWI's Captain Rochane Smith (centre) control's the ball while being closely monitored by Humble Lion's Michael Moreland (left) and Jermaine Christian in their Red Stripe Premier League encounter at the UWI Bowl on Sunday March 11, 2016.

The University of the West Indies (UWI) FC captain Rochane Smith is certainly leading from in front. His team is on top in the Red Stripe Premier League this season, also the midfielder is the competition's top scorer so far.

This is really rewarding for Smith although its early days with just nine of 33 preliminary round games played.

"I am feeling good to know that hard work is paying off. The team is on top and also I am the competition's leading scorer," Smith told STAR Sports during the RSPL weekly press conference at Red Stripe, Spanish Town Road yesterday.

With regards to been the RSPL top marksman on six goals with five of those coming via penalties, Smith admitted that it's about building confidence.

"Before the start of the season, I had set myself a target of scoring at least ten goals in my attacking midfield role, and also a minimum of ten assists. Now, the aim is higher," the lanky player said.

The 24 year-old is a second year student studying history at the tertiary institution. He also value the support from UWI as well as family members.

"Our coach (Marcel Gayle) is doing a wonderful job and there is great support from management. Personally, I also get support from my mom Almarie Planter, and uncles - Barrington and Derrick Planter. That is encouraging for me," he said.

Rochane started competitive football while attending St John's Primary in St Catherine, then St Catherine High where he represented the Manning Cup team for five years, and one year at St Jago High.

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