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Former National Midfielder Kerry Jamerson has been entrusted with the responsibility of leading Defence Force back to their glory days—Jamerson has been appointed head coach for the 2005 season, replacing Hutson Charles and he is determined to lead the army outfit back to winning ways.

The former ‘Strike Squad Player said, “this year we will spring a few surprises, we have added four new players, which includes three new exciting strikers.”

Keon Trim, Kayode Thomas and Akeil Pierre, together with midfielder Christopher Durity have all been drafted into the squad for the new season. Coach Jamerson believes that these players have fitted in well and will contribute to the team in a positive way this year.

However, once again the team will be built around the experience of national defender Anton Pierre, Rawle Fletcher, along with talented strikers Kevon Carter and Devon Jorsling.

According to Jamerson, their pre-season preparation went very well, and they went on an International Military Tournament in Canada—where they got some good match practice during their pre-season—coming up against military teams from the U.S. and Canada. The local army/coast guard outfit won one game, drew two and lost one match.

Kerry Jamerson is very confident going into the new season—saying, “our pre-season was very intense and as for some of the top teams in the Pro League that are accustomed to beating us, they will have another thing coming.”

“The likes of Kevon Carter and Odelle Armstrong have matured and are much more experienced and will present a different proposition to our opponents this year,” added Jamerson.

The new head coach is of the opinion that this coming season defence force’s strength will lie in their all round ability, “last year we were not a well rounded outfit, as we were missing something up front—but this year our game has come together nicely—in defence, midfield and in attack.”

Coach Jamerson in his first full season as head coach has set himself some targets, he told that he first will like to get the team playing consistently well and get into a winning habit—he will also like to see more defence force players forcing their way onto the national team—and finally he wants to win the league and get their hands back on the FCB Cup—a title they narrowly missed out on last year losing out to W Connection in the final.

Team Profile:

Head Coach—Kerry Jamerson

Assistant Coach—Dexter Lee

2004 Achievements—Placed 5th in the league competition,
Beaten finalist in the FCB Cup Knockout competition.

Last season’s top goal scorer—Kevon Carter-10

New Players—Akil Pierre, Kayode Thomas, Keon Trim and Christopher Durity.

Registered squad of players:

Captain-Kelshall Alexander

Goalkeepers—Selwyn George, Cleon John

Defenders—Claude Adams, Kelshall Alexander, Michael Edwards, Rawle Fletcher, Dexter Pacheco, Anton Pierre and Corey Rivers.

Midfielders—Ronald Boyce, Christopher Durity, Anton Joseph, Javon Neptune, Ronald St. Louis, Kwesi Smith, Kurt Williams and Shelton Williams.

Forwards—Odelle Armstrong, Jerwyn Balthazar, Kevon Carter, Devon Jorsling, Akil Pierre, Kayode Thomas and Keon Trim.