A big first for Calabar
Coach of Calabar High Lijyasu 'Shaka' Simms said that his team's victory in the ISSA/FLOW Walker Cup quarter-final stage that also sealed their Super Cup spot for the first time was a 'dream come true.'
Calabar defeated Bridgeport High 3-1 on penalties after the teams battled to a 0-0 regular and extra-time draw at Constant Spring yesterday.
The Red Hills Road-based school rebounded from a 3-1 by the same rivals in the Manning Cup quarter-finals a week ago.
However, this game was very important not only for advancing to the Walker Cup last four but also for a spot in the prestigious FLOW Super Cup. And, Simms was very elated.
"Since the FLOW Super Cup started (in 2014), I always watched from the stands and enjoyed the atmosphere. I like the setting, the hype that it brings. We are there now, so I am going to give it my best shot," Simms said.
"It wasn't pretty, but it was one of those games that we had to dig in and it paid dividends at the end. As I said before this is a building process for Calabar. I was there in the glory days, and I am back now to put Calabar where they belong at the top in schoolboy football. We are taking it in stride," he shared.
Calabar will face Jamaica College in the first of the ISSA/FLOW Walker Cup semi-finals at Stadium Easy tomorrow, starting at 2 p.m. In the second game, reigning champions Kingston College oppose St Andrew Technical High at 4 p.m.
The semi-finals winners will meet in the final scheduled for next Tuesday at the National Stadium, starting at 5 p.m.