“The game last night was more of a training game. We exposed a lot of our players to good competition. I think the first half they were a bit tentative, but as the game progressed, I think they came into their own, and I think it shows them the level of intensity that we are looking from them and, hopefully, we can see some of that on display tomorrow night,” Whitmore said. “We are up for it. We rest a number of our key players last night (Friday night) because we want everyone to be at least 110 per cent.” The Reggae Boys will travel to Curacao on October 14 to take on Bonaire in their second match of the competition. The following players started Friday’s match against Ecuador: Amal Knight (GK), Owayne Gordon, Michael Hector, Kevon Lambert, Fabian McCarthy, Ricardo Morris, Ladale Richie, Tevin Shaw, Ricardo Thomas, Peter-Lee Vassell, and Romario Williams. Experienced players such as goalkeeper Andre Blake, Kemar Lawrence, Adrian Mariappa, Darren Mattocks and Je-Vaughn Watson are likely to be among the starters in today’s match. TRAINING GAME The recently concluded FIFA men’s World Cup has reminded Theodore Whitmore, the head coach of Jamaica senior men’s team, that no nation should be taken for granted in international football – even one which is sitting at number 202 on the FIFA world ranking list. Whitmore’s Reggae Boyz will take on the Cayman Islands tonight at the National Stadium in the first match of the group stage of the newly formed CONCACAF Nations League, which is now the means by which CONCACAF nations will qualify for the Gold Cup. And even though the British Overseas Territory is only five spots above the bottom of the FIFA world ranking list, Whitmore says he will be taking no chances when his 54th ranked charges take the field at 7 p.m. “We are not taking their position on the FIFA ranking to mean that we are going to walk over them, because if you look at the last World Cup, you should realise that no team can be taken lightly. I am even more concerned playing against a Cayman Islands than Mexico or USA because you don’t know a lot about them and don’t know what they will bring,” Whitmore said yesterday. “We are taking this stage of the qualification game by game. The first step is to take care of the Cayman Islands and we want to ensure that we get all three points.” The 1998 World Cup veteran has been preparing his team to take on the Cayman Islands, Bonaire, Suriname, and El Salvador in the group stage of the competition by playing a number of practice matches, including one against Ecuador on Friday night where they lost 2-0 in New York.
Smyth Street fatal accidentElton Carter, the driver who allegedly fled the scene after crashing into a minibus on Durban and Smyth Streets, Georgetown last Sunday, was on Tuesday charged when he appeared before Magistrate Judy Latchman for causing death by dangerous driving.The charge stated that Carter on May 21, 2017, drove motor pickup GRR 8450 in a manner dangerous to the public thereby causing the death of Daniel Gostavos Richmond.Remanded: Minibus driver, Elton CarterDefence Attorney Stanley Moore seeking to establish that his client is not a flight risk related that Carter is a building contractor who has a fixed place of abode at Eccles, on the East Bank of Demerara.Moore contended, based on instructions received, that the accused is the owner of the vehicle and was not driving same at the time of the accident, rather contending that the vehicle was driven by a woman. The identity of the alleged female driver remains undisclosed.The lawyer requested that his client be released on bail in a reasonable sum pending trial, indicating that he (Carter) is anxious to vindicate himself and will attend every court sitting in the event that he is released. Moore disclosed that he represented the accused in an unrelated matter which was recently dismissed.Dead: Daniel RichmondPolice Prosecutor Shellon Payne posed a strong objection to bail being granted in light of three pending trafficking charges which Carter is to face shortly. According to Constable Persaud, the accused is an unlicensed driver and had failed to produce same to Police upon request. Moreover, the vehicle is allegedly uninsured. Also, the court heard that another passenger of the crashed minibus remains in a critical condition at the Georgetown Public Hospital.Payne told the Magistrate that the accused was non-cooperative during the course of the investigation, reportedly being reluctant to assist investigating officials. She related that after receiving reports, Police found the suspect at a hospital receiving treatment and had been checking in and out of various hospitals during the investigating period thereby hampering the investigation process. She related that the accused, a few days later, told officials that a female was the driver of the vehicle but failed to provide a name or present the alleged driver as required by the law.Bail was refused by Magistrate Latchman and the lawyer in a failed attempt to establish the ill state of his client, disclosed that Carter presently suffers from whiplash; raising further questions from the court.According to Health Line, whiplash occurs when a person’s head moves backward and then forward suddenly with great force. This injury is most common following a vehicular collision.Latchman readily inquired from the counsel how the accused had received the injuries and whether he was involved in the accident, apparently causing the lawyer to lose his balance. After stuttering for a second and quickly gaining his composure, Moore revealed that Carter was a passenger in the vehicle driven by ‘Jane Doe’; his response creating quite a buzz in the courtroom.Following a lengthy submission by the lawyer, the accused was remanded until June 1 for report as bail was refused by Magistrate Latchman.This publication previously reported that the accident occurred around 16:00h on May 21, when minibus BVV 5273 was proceeding along Durban Street heading to South, Georgetown, when it was struck from behind by the black pickup which was said to be speeding along Smyth Street headed North.Eyewitness stated that the pickup then hit a parked blue Allion before coming to a halt, while the minibus which was fully loaded toppled a number of times.Injured persons were pulled from the mangled minibus, some in an unconscious state and Richmond, the now dead man, was said to be “half in and half out of the minibus.” Following the accident, the injured driver of the vehicle reportedly fled the scene.Meanwhile, the deceased – a former cricket coach, umpire and Guyana Cricket Board scorer – leaves to mourn several family members. (Paula Gomes)
3 Jurgen Klopp celebrates during Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Man United 3 Gabriel Jesus scored twice against Everton Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool are ignoring Premier League title rivals Manchester City after returning to the top of the table on Sunday.The ding-dong title race continued this weekend, as the Reds continued their unbeaten start to the season. A 3-1 win over Manchester United – the club’s first in nine attempts and Klopp’s first as Reds boss – returned them to the summit after Pep Guardiola’s side had moved above them on Saturday.Liverpool have a chance to extend their one-point advantage further as they play Wolves on Friday night, with City playing Crystal Palace on Saturday.But Klopp is focusing on what his side do, and not what their rivals are up to. Asked about City’s 3-1 victory over Everton on Saturday lunchtime, Klopp said: “We ignored it completely. I didn’t mention it one time.“We know the table, just are you focused on it or not. We played against Man United and not Man United and City.“When we eat and train together we are not saying, ‘Did you see what City did?’.“We are focused on what we need to do and will there come a moment in the season where we are still around them and we start hoping they drop points or whatever. Liverpool’s title push goes from strength to strength 3 “But at the moment we respect them a lot and they respect us. We meet them on January 3 and then we will think about them.”