Naparima College got a brace from Ezekiel Kezar which got the defence of their titles, off to a perfect start with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over St Mary's College at their Lewis Street, San Fernando ground on Wednesday.
However, they will have to wait until Monday to find out if their result will stand, after a breach in the use of the official Joma uniform, appeared to have been altered by the use of their personal sponsor Tiger Tank, which appeared bold on the front of their jerseys instead of key sponsor Digicel.
But with the players ignorant of what was taking place at the administrative level, Seon Shippley drilled in a third goal to secure his team's first win of the season, much to the delight of their fans.
East Mucrapo and Presentation College (San Fernando) were the biggest winners on the night, both hammering Queen's Royal College (QRC) and Trinity College Moka 6-0 respectively. At Fatima College Ground in Mucurapo, Malachai Celestine led the way for East Mucurapo with a hat-trick of goals in the 15th, 33rd and 41st minutes, while Zion Mc Leod added a double in the 81st and the third minute in time added on.
Jaheim Patrick rounded off the scoring for the dominant East Mucurapo outfit with his item, in the 22nd minute.
Meanwhile, Malick returned to the top flight schools league with a comprehensive 5-0 triumph over Speyside in Tobago. Mamade Guerra led the way with a hat-trick and Zion Carpette and Jabari Williams got the other goals in their winning effort.
(Teams - by wired868.com)
Naparima College (4-2-3-1): 1.Levi Fernandez (GK) (captain); 5.Atiba Lewis, 4.Tyrike Andrews, 12.Asukile Christopher, 15.Marvin Waldrop; 8.Kodel Frontin, 6.Shoaib Khan; 19.Isa Bramble (13.Jabari Lee), 17.Nathaniel Perouse, Ezekiel Kesar (10.Decklan Marcelle); 20.Seon Shippley (18.Jaden McKree).
Unused Substitutes: 25.Keane Subero (GK), 2.Taj Neptune, 11.Kern Cedeno, 16.Akil Johnson.
Coach: Angus Eve
St Mary’s College (4-4-2): 22.Jordan Bedaisee (GK); 2.Nickolai Chan (11.Nickoli Bynoe), 4.Chad Alonzo, 6.Xavier O’Garro, 20.Kaylam Seales; 12.Issac Harriott, 15.Dante Cooper, 7.Jermell Dosithee, 17.Tyrique Huggins; 9.Jaheim Ryan (13.Daylon Riley), 8.Kristoff Dingwell.
Unused Substitutes: 1.Joel Charran, 5.Brendon Lewis, 19.Jamal Thomas, 21.Harrison Parks, 24.Andrew Adonis.
Coach: Kerry Jamerson
Wired868 Man of the Match: Ezekiel Kesar (Naparima College).
Naps- 3 (Ezekiel Kesar 2, Seon Shippley) vs CIC- 0
East Mucurapo 6 (Malachai Celestine 15th, 33rd, 41st, Jaheim Patrick 22, Zion McLeod 81, 90+3) vs QRC -0
Malick 5 (Mamade Guerra 3, Zion Carpette, Jabari Williams) vs Speyside- 0
Presentation San Fernando 6 (Nkosi Charles, Acelino Medford, Jaiye Sheppard, Dantaye Gilbert, Shakeem Cooper, Jardel Sinclair) vs Trinity Moka 0
St Augustine 1 vs St Anthony's College 1
Trinity College East 2 vs St Benedict's College 1
Pleasantville Sec 1 (Alemo Sampson) vs San Juan 0
P W D L F A Pts
East Mucurapo Secondary 1 1 0 0 6 0 3
Presentation College San Fernando 1 1 0 0 6 0 3
Malick Secondary 1 1 0 0 5 0 3
Naparima College 1 1 0 0 3 0 3
Trinity College East 1 1 0 0 2 1 3
Pleasantville Secondary 1 1 0 0 1 0 3
St Anthony's College 1 0 1 0 1 1 1
St Augustine Secondary 1 0 1 0 1 1 1
San Juan North 1 0 0 1 0 1 0
St Benedict's College 1 0 0 1 1 2 0
St Mary's College 1 0 0 1 0 3 0
Speyside Secondary 1 0 0 1 0 5 0
Trinity College Moka 1 0 0 1 0 6 0
Queens Royal College 1 0 0 1 0 6 0
Carapichaima East Secondary 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
[All games kick off 3.30pm]
(Saturday 14 September)
St Anthony’s College v Speyside Secondary at Westmoorings;
Mucurapo East v Naparima College at Mucurapo Road;
Carapichaima East v Presentation (San F’do) at Carapichaima;
Pleasantville Secondary v QRC at Pleasantville;
Trinity East v St Augustine Secondary at Trincity;
St Mary’s College v St Benedict’s College at Serpentine Road;
Malick Secondary v Trinity Moka at TBD;
San Juan North are on a bye
TV broadcast stops as Naps breach uniform rules.
By Walter Alibey (Guardian).
A major breach in the agreement by the 2018 Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) triple crown champions Naparima College, has led to the cancellation of the broadcast of its opening match of the season on Wednesday.
The opening match between 'Naps', as they are commonly called, and St Mary's College was scheduled to be broadcasted on Sportsmax, the Caribbean sports cable network at Lewis Street, San Fernando, but the LIVE broadcast was pulled moments before the start, after Guardian Media Sports learnt that Naparima altered the kits of the official uniform provider for the SSFL- Joma, in a move to promote their sponsors.
It is understood that Naparima had secured the sponsorship of Tiger Tank and sought to engraved their logo on the official Joma uniforms provided to them by the SSFL, despite an agreement that Joma is to be the official kit of the tournament.
This new development has caused outraged among members of the schools fraternity Guardian Media learnt, since the southerners received a warning from SSFL officials for using the altered kits at last Saturday's opening Digicel School Cup between them and Presentation College of San Fernando, which they won on penalties 5-4 at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium in Marabella.
SSFL officials were immediately into an executive meeting today to decide on the way forward, after threats by Sportsmax to not do any matches played by Naparima College. The executive of the SSFL will decide by Monday.
On Monday, Shaka Hislop, the SSFL's ambassador was among those disappointed by the move of the southern school, saying "I am disappointed by the actions of Naps throughout. I felt that their actions were not only self-serving, but were intended to not just confusing, but to deceive. The entire league is going to suffer for it, and not just the premier division of the SSFL, but everything that comes further down, all the younger age groups are also going to face the effects of, in my mind, what was a very poorly perceived, thought-out decision by a single school."
Soon after Williams Wallace, the SSFL president also waded in on the decision of Naparima, saying by next Monday it will be determined what the next step will be.
Wallace who was interviewed on the Digicel-owned Sportsmax after the match yesterday said the matter was discussed among the Championship and Premier Division schools at the executive and general council levels, but Naparima disagreed with it.
"At the end of the day a vote was taken and 25 members voted for the position, as brought forth by the executive, one person voted against and there were three abstentions. The constitution clearly states that all general council decisions are final, and it can only be overruled by the same general council, or by our AGM. So when we left that meeting we felt that all the arm of the organization, and the process that we followed and everything, was all well.
Then we heard that Naparima may not follow the position taken by the general council. I thought it was just rumoured, but during yesterday, I realize the rumours were getting more and more, and I decided to reach out to the principal of Naparima. I sent a letter indicating the process that was taken, and it was constitutional, and it was based on the contract by Digicel etc, but there was no response to that."
Wednesday's match between the teams was allowed to be played but the decision of the executive by Monday will determine the fate of the southern champs.
Efforts to contact Naparima's team manager Percy Samlalsingh were unsuccessful.