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