Gama says he would be willing to stay on at demoted MBU, but...

BY PAUL A REID
Observer writer

Friday, March 22, 2019

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TUCKER, St James — Brazilian Luciano Gama says he is willing to continue with Montego Bay United, even as the club was relegated to the Confederation Super league next year.

Despite the drop from the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL), which was confirmed following their 1-2 defeat to title-chasing Waterhouse Fc on Wednesday, the Brazilian believes the former champions belong in the island's top football competition.

An emotional Gama told the Jamaica Observer on Sunday following a 5-1 flogging from defending champions Portmore United at Wespow Park that he was not sure of the situation as initial talks with the MBU management on his extension was “conditional on what the team did this season”.

Orville Powell, the founding president of the two-time champions, told the Observer recently that a meeting with Gama to discuss the way forward was on the card, but he did not give a date.

Gama had arrived in the island in January when MBU were at the foot of the RSPL tables and in a lot of trouble with eight games to go and managed to win three games, draw two. But two losses to Arnett Gardens and Portmore United at home, effectively put an end to their stay in the top flight after eight seasons.

After his first game, a 3-3 draw at home against Harbour View, Gama had said then that he knew they were hoping against hope and that he was well aware of the task ahead.

When asked on Sunday if he would be willing to stay on as coach, Gama replied: “Yes, I would like that.”

“I would like that if we have a plan, a project to bring the team back, make a strong team with a good facility and make the team more professional.

“I know it's not easy here and any team can have a bad year, but let's see... it's a difficult time (and) we just lost and I need to go talk to the boys because they played well and were fighting and see where we go from here,” Gama said.

With the spectre of relegation looming aheaad of Wednesday's game, Gama admitted that the job was a difficult one to begin with.

“I am just sorry as maybe with a little more time and if things were not as complicated when I got here, we could have pulled this off,” he said.

“I am sorry for the people of Montego Bay that we did not get to our target, but its football... MBU must sit down and analyse and look back at what happened this year and make a plan, a project to bring back the team next year (because) that is where they belong,” ended Gama.


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