I am okay - Dinthill coach says he's ready for Clarendon College
DINTHILL Technical coach, Curtis 'Fleego' Hamilton, who was among several persons injured during an alleged drag race on the Ewarton main road, St Catherine, on Monday, said he has recovered and is ready for his team's Ben Francis Cup knockout final this afternoon against Clarendon College, at St Elizabeth Technical High School, starting at three o'clock.
Hamilton sustained back and shoulder injuries in the accident that claimed the life of one man.
"Two cars were racing and seven mashed up, leaving one man dead and several persons injured. I was there with my friend in the vehicle, ready to leave. He picked me up for a party in the one o'clock bells. We were about to leave when the accident happened. I went to the hospital by myself after police came and took statements. I was released the same day," Hamilton explained.
"I picked up a lower-back injury. I felt some tension in my neck. My shoulder is not a hundred because of a whiplash. I am up for the match tomorrow. I don't want to miss it for nothing. I was at training yesterday, could not do much but was hands on. I don't really want to miss this one for nothing
"I know how Lenny Hyde (Clarendon College's technical director) coach. He is a good coach. He will come organised. He is going to come tactical. I know when he is up and when he is down," Hamilton said.
National senior invitee Khareem Parris is Dinthill's top scorer in all competitions on 29 goals, but Hamilton warned that Dinthill is not only about one player.
"It is everybody's concept that we are a one-man team, but we don't coach that way, from back in the day with Rodave Murray (former Dinthill striker). Parris has a responsibility to bring the team and score goals on match day. He is consistently doing that, but we have other players - Shamar Davis who is on 11 goals, Andre Fletcher on 10.
"It is not only Parris. In my team there are nine to 10 players who have scored this season. We play Parris in a free role. He brings the attack for us. However, football plays both ways, defence and offence. We have not conceded many, probably one goal in the last seven games.
"I am pretty confident. We also have players with the responsibility to defend as well. We try to win the midfield battle in each game," added Hamilton, a former Dinthill star player.