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Benjamin: Meeting with principals high on the agenda

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By
Neto Baptiste

Coordinator of schools football, Rowan Benjamin, said he will seek an
audience with principals of schools competing in the 2020/21 competition in
hopes of improving the quality of the leagues.

His revelation follows the completion of the
2019/2020 competition in which the Ottos Comprehensive School captured both the
senior boys and girls titles at the Antigua Recreation Grounds (ARG) last
Friday.

“We have a shortage of referees and if they
can get children to get involved in officiating these games then it would go a
long way. The old guys are really going and they are just there to help out at
this moment but they are at the twilight of their careers so definitely that is
one of the areas. The other thing is how best we can address this
transportation system,” he said.

Some principals have expressed dissatisfaction
over the fact they had not been included in the planning process for the
leagues in past years.

Benjamin is however hoping that dialogue with
principals could assists in solving some of the issues still plaguing the
competitions.

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“One of the things that I know definitely we
will do is to have a sit-down with the principals of the schools, and it is
something that is not only for football, but I have been trying this over the
years to really get a sit-down with the principals, and it’s not the principals
are not ready, but I believe that it is time that the Ministry of Sports looks
at that situation where we need to sit down, hear their concerns and to see how
much they can help us to grow the sport,” the coordinator said. 

The secondary division of the competition
climaxed last week with the hosting of the semifinals and final at the ARG.

Benjamin said there was good quality football
on display.

“The match against Irene B Williams and the
Princess Margaret School, I think, was one of the better matches that day
[Tuesday] and kudos to Irene B Williams for winning third place and the final
between All Saints Secondary School and Ottos Comprehensive and I must say that
All Saints Secondary were very confident coming into this game [final],” he
said.

“They really stood strong but unfortunately
they had some chances that they missed, but I must say that Ottos Comprehensive
may not have possessed the ball as much as All Saints Secondary, but they
played with more heart. Also, congratulations to Ottos Comprehensive for
winning the girls championship,” he added.

The primary division of the
competition is slated to start within two weeks.

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