COACH OF THE YEAR Montego Bay United Football Club captured the most awards at the Professional Football Association of Jamaica (PFAJ)/Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) presentation ceremony on Thursday night at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston. Chairman of the PFAJ Don Anderson described the season as one of the most interesting. “It has been one of the most intriguing coming to an end. MBU has been most consistent in three years by competing in the last three finals and winning two times,” Anderson said. “I salute MBU. However, Portmore’s Michael Binns scored a goal in the final that was worthy of a World Cup final,” he shared. He admitted that there were challenges along the way. “Personally, throughout my 37 years in administration, my firm belief is that off the field issues must be dealt with around the table. Football needs us all, so let us work together,” he also added. The 2015-16 champions collected the coveted title and winning cash incentive of $2.5 million, plus 35 medals, while beaten finalists Portmore United walked away with $1.5 million and 25 silver medals. Last season’s champions, Arnett Gardens, finished third and were rewarded $1 million and medals, while Humble Lion received $500,000 for their fourth-place finish in the 12-team league. MBU were the best defensive and top-scoring team. Their striker, Owayne Gordon, received four individual awards. Gordon, who missed the final last Sunday at the Montego Bay Sports Complex in Catherine Hall, received Round Three top striker for scoring 10 goals, the leading goalscorer with 20 goals, the Most Valuable Player and the Tony Burrowes Player Personality Award. MBU’s Jacomena Barrett won the goalkeeper of the year award for the third consecutive season, while former national player Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis won the Winning Coach award, and Dwayne Ambusley won the Winning Captain award. Marcel Gayle of first-time team in the Premier League the University of the West Indies FC, won the Coach of the Year award. Portmore United won the regular season award for the team that finished on most points and were also the team with the most wins. Junior Flemmings, who is on loan from Tivoli Gardens to MLS club New York Red Bull, was the Junior Player of the Year. MBU’s Dino Williams was the Round One top goal scorer with six goals, while Cory Burke, who started the season at Rivoli United before transferring to MoBay, scored the most goals (six) in Round Two. Boys’ Town FC won the FIFA Fair Play award, while the top referee was Valdin Ledgister and top assistant referee was Richard Washington. The RSPL best XI players were: Damian Hyatt (Arnett Gardens), Ladale Ritchie (MBU), Oneil Thompson (Arnett), Khareem Manning (Portmore United), Rosario Harriott (Harbour View), Ricardo Morris (Portmore), Andrew Vanzie (Humble Lion), Renae Lloyd (Arnett), Owayne Gordon (MBU), and Dino Williams (MBU).
Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Delos Santos and members of his coaching staff Kungfu Reyes and Bryan Esquibel went to work right away as they held a tryout on Tuesday at Arellano University Gym in Legarda.Cayco said he respects De Jesus’ decision and added the LVPI has to move forward with the national team pressed for time.“Actually before they left for Hong Kong, I think two weeks ago, we met in a party hosted by FilOil for the La Salle team. I told him, ‘Coach usap tayo (Let’s talk),” then he smiled,’” said Cayco. “Then, Benson Bocboc (De Jesus’ assistant coach) was the one who informed us that they’re going to pass. I mean, I respect his decision. It’s hard if we’re going to force them.”“They might not have time for the national team because of his schedule and in fairness to coach Ramil he informed us about his decision I think through Mr. (Popoy) Juico. To me personally, no but it was relayed to me,” he said. “We have to move on because we’re short of time so we met and we decided that it’s going to be coach Shaq so here we are now.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Djokovic falters, Cecchinato soars in French Open stunner Ramil de Jesus. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCommitment and scheduling issues forced Ramil de Jesus to step down as head coach of the Philippine women’s national volleyball team, as per Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. (LVPI) vice president Peter Cayco.Shaq delos Santos was tapped to replace De Jesus, who resigned just less than two months since assuming the post.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls “Apparently, coach Ramil has his own reasons, one of them I think is his commitment, schedule because he is now coaching three teams,” said Cayco on Tuesday in Filipino.“I respect his decision and we have to move on and I’m very thankful to Shaq at a short notice,” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownDe Jesus is currently the coach of the La Salle Lady Spikers, a team he just steered to the UAAP title for the 11th time just last month, La Salle Baby Spikers, which is the school’s training pool, and the F2 Logistics in the Philippine Superliga.Delos Santos now faces the tall order of assembling the best team and incorporating the right system with only two months left before the Asian Games, which is set on Aug. 18 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours