Bolt expected at annual Bell/Ziadie Memorial football fiesta

Thursday, October 12, 2017


The legendary Usain Bolt will manage and could just play on his A team, which includes Christopher Martin, at the 31st staging of the Bell/Ziadie Memorial Football fiesta to be held on October 16 at St George's College.

The announcement was made on Tuesday at the press launch at Alhambra Inn.

Trevor Graham, former president of St George's College Old Boys Association; Derrick Denniser, former Boys' Town national player; Anthony Garwood, former FIFA assistant referee, now vice-principal of Camperdown High School; former Arnett Gardens national player George Henry, and Jerry Reid, former administrator from Montego Bay, are the five individuals who will be honoured at the annual event.

Three teams will be in action alongside Bolt's A team St George's College XI, Masters and Entertainers, and Christian Ambassadors in what is expected to be another fun- filled day.

Bolt could line up alongside Gardner, Jermaine Gonzales, Christopher Martin, and Ian Goodison. The Masters and Entertainers team will see dancehall entertainer Aidonia, Wayne Marshall, Nomadz, national head coach Theodore “Tappa” Whitmore, Kasai Hinds, and former national female captain Alicia James.

The St George's College team will be managed by Andrew Price with the likes of Nick Ziadie, Shavar Thomas, Andrew Thomas, Durant Brown, and Edsel Scott, while the Christian Ambassadors line-up could feature Reverend Patrick Dunkley, Pastor Garfield “Ratty” Robinson, David Laylor, Delroy Morgan, and Wayne Clacken to name a few.

Organiser Clive “Busy” Campbell has once again emphasised the importance of football as a unifying force and the impact it can have on someone's life.

“This year, as customary, Dr Elizabeth Ward and I have attended various football matches displaying the peace banner with hope that one day, just maybe one day, our youngsters will realise that a football game can be played without grudges for members of the rival team who live on the other side of town,” said Campbell.

“I need not remind you of the number of murders that have occurred over the past months. It is frightening; nowhere in our island is safe,” he noted.

“My challenge to you is once you recognise that a youngster is going in the wrong direction, make it a point of your duty to alert the parent. and if you can, speak with the youngster,” he added.

The Bell/Ziadie football matches will be held on National Heroes' day, at Winchester Park, and will cost adults $500 with children paying $100.