Speid denies encouraging Dinthill's Parris to leave school


October 07, 2017

Kaheem Parris of Dinthill Technical, the daCosta Cup's leading goalscorer, has been the topic of many conversations in the past weeks.

The conversations surround whether the player should be playing schoolboy football or not.

Parris has been playing daCosta Cup since his first year at Marcus Garvey High. He was offered a scholarship to Dinthill Tech, and in 2015 team manager Craig Burke introduced him to recently promoted Premier League team Cavalier.

He then became part of the JFF's national U-15 programme and later moved on to the national U-17 programme.

Parris grabbed the attention of the public and the national senior selectors earlier this year in the Premier League play-offs. He made his international debut for the Reggae Boyz in a friendly against Trinidad and Tobago not long after.


In the aftermath of his first international cap and Cavalier promotion, the story surfaced that Parris did not want to go back to school. That story gathered momentum after Dinthill Tech's 8-0 win over Bog Walk High on Wednesday. Parris scored five goals to take his tally to 18 goals in eight games.

Parris said the decision not to return to school was his idea but his parents didn't agree. He said that come January he wants to play premier league if possible, and also continue with school, his parents' wish.

"After being called up in the senior national programme, I thought about not going back to school and just go straight into the premier league with Cavalier," he said.

Cavalier technical director Rudolph Speid dismissed claims that the club had something to do with Parris not wanting to go back to school.

"We at Cavalier would not encourage Kaheem to stop going school. That's a decision he and his parent would have to make. As a matter of fact, we don't have the money to pay him to even tell him that ..." Speid said.


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