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Sensational Parris waiting on time to shine

BY DWAYNE RICHARDS
Observer writer

Monday, January 22, 2018

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Football sensation Kaheem Parris is demanding more playing time in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL), after coming off the bench in successive games prior to yesterday's round to find the back of the net for Cavalier SC.

The 17-year-old, who had a fantastic season leading the line for Dinthill Technical High School in the ISSA/FLOW DaCosta Cup last year, is ready to lock horns with his seniors in the nation's top fight.

The deceptive left-footer is not blessed with speed, but is filled with a bag of tricks, which makes him hard to contain and is a fearsome striker of the dead ball to which Boys' Town FC can readily attest.

He is not the type of player defenders want to face as he usually carries the ball tied to his laces, and moves it left or right so quickly that they are usually left in his wake quite often.

Parris rejoined the Cavalier Premier League squad in late December after a long schoolboy season. He is now catching up to speed with the faster -paced premiership and is ready to cut loose.

“It's a good feeling to score and it is always going to be a good feeling. It was very important (to score). I came off the bench in two matches straight and I scored, so hopefully the coach realises that I deserve to start and get more playing time to show my talent more and execute,” he said.

Still slight of frame and with a lot more growing to do, the teen holds no fear of what is to come.

“I am proving myself in the Premier League stage now, so basically I have to work harder and keep focused. I have no fear at all of playing at this level,” Parris said.

Already with one call-up to the senior team under his belt, Parris believes that if he continues to put in the required work, there will be more chances for him to represent the country at the higher level.

“If I play and just keep focused, concentrate and perform, I will be in the senior team eventually,” he noted.

Fortunately for the player, his coach concurs that he is deserving of more playing time and that will be happening soon.

“Kaheem Parris is the best 17-year-old in Jamaica without a doubt. The problem is that he is not up to full fitness as yet, but as soon as he is up to full fitness we will begin to start him, but you can see the quality,” said Rudolph Speid.

“Once he came on, the Tivoli team was on the back foot because he is so good one-on-one and he has a lot of craft, he is very deceptive. This is a player that adds something to our attack, he adds a different dimension,” Speid continued.

Nothing would be more pleasing for the Cavalier head coach than to see his young starlet continue to find the back of the net.

“He has scored his second goal in the Premier League [and] I hope he scores a lot more. Some players will be going off with the national team, I am not sure who yet, but this could be a good opportunity now for Parris,” Speid said.

With one full round left to be played in the RSPL, Parris certainly has enough time to leave his mark on the 2017-2018 season.

— Dwayne Richards

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