HAITIAN FOOTBALLERS DUBBED “THE BACKBONE” OF THE DIGICEL ACADEMY TEAM
Monday 2nd June 2014 – Kingston, Jamaica: As one of the footballing giants in the region, Haiti has always been a force to be reckoned with and, according to Senior International Football Development Officer for the Chelsea FC Foundation and Digicel Kick Start Clinics Head Coach, David Monk, the players selected at this year’s Digicel Kick Start Clinics will certainly live up to that reputation when they go the Academy.
David commented; “We certainly had high expectations of the players from Haiti as they demonstrated their worth at last year’s Academy where they won the three-a-side competition as well as the individual player award which was won by Dede Kenley, who is now training with Haiti’s national team on a full time basis. The passion shown by the Haitian players is admirable.”
Monk also pointed out that their passion was motivated by more than a love for the game, saying; “When you travel through Haiti’s communities, you see young boys playing football in the streets and for most of them, football is their only hope – it is their one opportunity to better themselves in life. The self-belief and drive of these players gives them the edge, which is why they will push themselves to do their best every time they play.
He continued; “You can feel as a coach that these players are the ‘difference-makers’ in a team. These are the ones who will fight for you from the start of the game all the way to the final whistle. They have a strong sense of pride in their country and a real passion for football – using the Digicel Kick Start programme as an opportunity to expand their game within the region and the world.”