Sandals taking delay in stride

September 07, 2017

Aaron Lawrence, coach of promoted side Sandals Whitehouse said though they are disappointed that the Premier League has been postponed, it will give his team more time to prepare for the competition.

Lawrence told Star Sports that Sandals have had an intense preseason and his players were looking forward to start of the competition last Sunday.

"We were roaring and ready to roll because we were an oiled machine looking forward to our games this Monday night and last Sunday," said Lawrence. "We want to catch some teams off guard, so we were ready to go," he said.

The Premier League was scheduled to start last Sunday, but was postponed due to what the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) has described as a "series of administrative failings on the part of the Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA)".

The JFF pointed to a sponsorship-money row between the PLCA and Montego Bay United as well as outstanding sums due to referees. An official launch of the new season, which was scheduled for last Friday, was also postponed.


More time to gel


However, Lawrence pointed out that delay to the start of country's top football competition will allow his players more time to gel.

"I think that it give us more time to prepare, especially for me, who has been with the team for a good while, even though I know most of the teams in the competition," said Lawrence.

"I think that we will be better prepared for our opening game because my players will get more time to gel together and work on a few things before the competition starts," he said.

Sandals Whitehouse, along with Cavaliers, are the promoted teams in this season's competition.

"We want it to resolve and want football to be the winner at all times. I hope whatever happens, let football be the winner," Lawrence said.

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