Jamaica’s football requires an overhaul

By Zaheer E. Clarke

Published September 26, 2016

Jamaica’s football is in desperate need of redevelopment in philosophy, infrastructure, and technical skills (goalscoring).

Jamaica Football Federation

All over this beautiful island, enthusiasm and hearts sunk, lofty hopes and promises got debunked, and Jamaicans everywhere were seen staggering like blind drunks, as another campaign – on the road to wherever – figuratively and almost literally stunk (Enough with the rhymes).

This ill-conceived rhyming description above encapsulates Jamaica’s latest travail as it attempted to birth a place amongst the world’s elite teams at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The pundits and analysts have all delivered their seething hindsight and 20/20 analysis, so why should I be any different? Continue reading


Was it logical to sack Simmons?

By Zaheer E. Clarke
Published September 19, 2016

West Indies head coach Phil Simmons was sacked by the WICB last week. Was the decision to sever ties out of “spite” and because of Simmons’ past outbursts? Or, was it based on the team’s performance during his tenure?


Four Stages of a Marriage: Honeymoon, Disillusionment, Power Struggle, Enlightenment

Like with every marriage, there are stages of romance, disillusionment, and (im)maturity. Oftentimes, at the onset of every marriage, the passion and pie-in-the-sky expectations of a future together for newlyweds can be intoxicating as they are overtaken with love. Slowly those feelings migrate to realisation as the tipsiness of love weakens and sunlight disinfectant reveals the true colours of the individuals they have wed. Instantly, this brings on a soberness, which often results in a matured or immature response or end.

Almost a year to date I penned an article titled, “The More Things Change, The More They Remain The Same”, which looked at the subtle and glaring changes that have occurred over the past two years in West Indies cricket . The majority of these changes centred around the October 2014 abandoned tour of India, which I described in another piece as a “stench … perfusing every aspect of West Indies cricket”. Continue reading

Let us try to correct Bolt’s youthful exuberance & mishaps

By Zaheer E. Clarke

Published September 12, 2016

In recent days, suggestive photos of Usain Bolt and at least two females have emerged after the Rio Olympics. It is the perfect time to correct Bolt’s youthful exuberance and mishaps.

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt (centre) prepares for the men’s 100-metre final at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Jamaica’s Asafa Powell (l) is in lane 7 while Jamaica’s Michael Frater (r) is in lane 2.
(Photo credit: Michael Kappeler/AFP/Getty Images))

In August 2008, I sat before my telly, like a billion people around the world to watch the men’s 100m final at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Like 2.7 million Jamaicans locally and equally overseas, we all shared an antsy anticipation as our eyes remained affixed to the start of what we hoped was an electrifying race.

The race featured the newly crowned world record holder, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt, who little over two months before, broke the world record while thrashing the world champion Tyson Gay in emphatic style. The Olympic final, though, had no Gay but featured the just dethroned world record holder, Jamaica’s Asafa Powell, also known to many as the ‘sub-10 king’. With a third Jamaican Michael Frater also in the final, several Jamaicans watched via their tubes while they predicted or declared a 1-2-3 for Jamaica. Unfortunately, those dreams were never realised. It was the following night, ironically, that a Jamaican 1-2-2 in the women’s 100m final, surpassed all of Jamaica’s hopes and expectations. Continue reading