KTHS face stern test under new coach
Kingston Technical High School's new Manning Cup coach, Sean Charlton, will have a severe test for his opening game of this season's Manning Cup competition when they play St George's College in the feature game of the round today starting at 3.30 p.m..
Charlton was hired by the Hanover Street school, who relieved coach Kuramie Huie of his duties earlier this week.
The school cited communication issues with the former Excelsior High assistant coach and Kingston Technical's principal, Ernest Donaldson.
Charlton said the players are feeling 'confident' and 'motivated' by the work he has done so far.
"The youngsters I spoke with are pretty confident and are in good spirits. They are trying to work together... and they feel as if they are professionals, so they are really motivated," he told STAR Sports.
Charlton, an experienced coach, has worked with Barbican for some time and specialises in the development of youth. He operates an academy in Portmore and works with several youngsters from clubs, high and primary schools. He also prepares students for football scholarships overseas, and has connections at the international level where his trainees are placed in various football institutions across the world, especially United States.
After five matches Kingston Technical sit third in Group B with nine points, six behind leaders and today's opponent, St George's College and one adrift of second-place St Catherine High, but Donaldson believes Charlton's appointment will give his boys a chance of making the second round.
"We have to be positive, the team has potential to move. I am not discounting what Mr Huie has done. I am not going to give Mr Charlton all the credit. Mr Huie and Mr Halliman did what they had to do in terms of preparation and foundation but Mr Carlton has added something to the mix," he said.
Kingston Technical will look to Javon Whyne, Joshua Walters, Tyrone Williams and Jahlee Cunningham to lead them to victory. However, they will have it all to do against the Neville 'Bertis' Bell-coached team with players such as Nathaniel Campbell, Paul Young Jr and Arsenio Hamilton.
• Camperdown v St Mary's College
• Hydel v Cumberland
• Meadowbrook v Waterford
• St George's College v Kingston Tech
• St Catherine v Tarrant
• Vauxhall v Denham Town
• Ascot v Holy Trinity
• St Jago v Clan Carty
• Edith Dalton James v Jose Marti