Chong back to rebuild his career - Coach Davion Ferguson: At his age he needs to play to continue to develop and do well.
Like many of Jamaica's recent football exports, Mount Pleasant's Oquassa Chong has had to return to the shores of his homeland to restart his career after seeing very little game time during his spell overseas.
In more than a season-and-a-half with Danish club Esbjerg fB, Chong only managed a few games with the reserve team before he was convinced by his Jamaica College coach Davion Ferguson to return home and make a fresh start.
So far that fresh start with Jamaican Premier League (JPL) champions Mount Pleasant is going well.
The 22 year-old announced his arrival in preseason when he netted a hat-trick in Mount Pleasant's 3-1 win over Cavalier in the Powerade JPL final rematch prior to the start of the season.
In three JPL matches, the striker has scored two goals, including a penalty in his team's 3-1 win over Molynes on Sunday.
Assistant coach Ferguson said the player just needed to play again to rekindle his desire for the game, and added that with patience the attacker can rediscover his best form.
"He is a player that I have known for a while. He went away to play professionally and had a little hiccup. I offered him an opportunity to come back to reset and build back his career and so far he has started well and I expect more things from him," Ferguson stated.
He said the player's lack of game time in Denmark was stagnating his development and that only with consistent playing time can he truly make progress.
"He needs to play. At his age he needs to play to continue to develop and do well. He works well off the ball, he works well on the ball and he scores goals. So it's a plus for any coach to have such a player on his team," Ferguson added.
He said that Chong is quality and that once he rediscovers his passion everything else will fall into place.
"He just needs to be patient and find back that fire in the belly, once he finds back that fire in the belly his quality will automatically show," Ferguson said of the former Harbour View forward.
In the last few years some of the island's most promising talent, including players such as Alex Marshall, Lamar Walker, Nicholas Hamilton, Christojaye Daley, Warner Brown, and others, have failed to hold down consistent playing time with their clubs after moving abroad and had to return home to revive their careers.