JC ready for tough Rusea's test

December 09, 2017
@Normal:Jamaica College coach Miguel Coley (right) celebrates with team manager Ian Forbes after their team's win over Kingston College in the final of the ISSA/Flow Walker Cup at the National Stadium earlier this season.

Jamaica College's long-serving team manager, Ian Forbes said that his team is ready for an expected tough challenge from Rusea's High in today's ISSA/FLOW Olivier Shield - symbol of schoolboy supremacy.

Manning Cup champions JC will tackle daCosta Cup winners Rusea's High in the showdown at the National Stadium, starting at 6 p.m.

Forbes who has been involved as manager of his alma mater for over three decades is confident that they can win a fifth straight Olivier Shield title and 22nd overall.

"We are expecting and anticipating a tough game against our opponents. They have done well this season, won the daCosta Cup, so of course we are expecting a tough challenge from them," Forbes told STAR Sports yesterday.

"We are taking it one game at a time, we are not necessarily looking back at the titles that we have won. We look at the game at hand, and that is what we are focusing on," he added.


JC have lifted the Walker Cup Knockout and Manning Cup title already and Forbes said it would be a wonderful achievement to win a triple..

"It would be wonderful if we do so (win a triple), but the focus is on trying to execute as best as possible to get a positive result," he noted.

"We have prepared well and I think once we go out their and execute our game plan, we are confident of a positive result. The players are ready, in good spirits and prepared for the game," Forbes shared.

Since Miguel Coley departed Norman Manley High for JC in 2013, he has won five Manning Cup titles, four Olivier Shield titles, and a title apiece in the Walker and Super Cups.

"Coach Coley has done exceedingly well, a very humble gentleman, a good tactician and very good motivator. He remains grounded and focused and this translates to the boys," Forbes said about Coley's achievements in his four years at the Old Hope Road-based institution.

Meanwhile informed sources said that this could be Coley's last game in schoolboy football. However, Coley remained coy on that and stated that he will comment on the matter after tonight's game.

"We are not looking or thinking about that, we are focused on the game at hand," Forbes said about Coley's pending departure to be former national coach Winfried Schaefer's assistant with Iranian club Esteghlal FC.

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