Helping Jamaica to a 2018 FIFA World Cup berth may be high on his agenda, but Reggae Boyz and Vancouver Whitecaps striker Darren Mattocks has other things on his mind these days. Mattocks, a former schoolboy star with Bridgeport High School, is looking forward to becoming a first-time father. The 25-year-old, who is currently in Jamaica on a break from his professional duties in the Major League Soccer (MLS), beamed with excitement as he confirmed the news. He noted that he is anxiously awaiting the birth of his firstborn, expected to be delivered later this year. “The child is not yet born,” a smiling Mattocks told Saturday Sports during a Red Stripe Premier League match between his former local club Waterhouse and Montego Bay United earlier this week. Clearly in high spirits, Mattocks, who has scored 12 goals in 31 appearances for the Reggae Boyz, says he feels absolutely ready for the commitment. “I think from a young age, I have been a responsible person as I have been living on my own since age 18,” said Mattocks. “As I get older, there are different things I want in life, and this is one of them. I’m looking forward to being a father for the first time,” Mattocks noted, while sharing a bit about his relationship with his significant other. “I’m with a special female. She is a wonderful person, someone to spend my life with, so I’m really excited. I know that I’m going to do a very good job. I take care of my entire family, so this (baby) is an extension,” he said. Mattock is a graduate of Bridgeport High in Portmore and also spent two years at Akron University in the United States. He was drafted into the MLS in 2012 and has represented Vancouver Whitecaps based in Canada since. He has made 93 appearances and scored 19 times for the MLS outfit.
The Secretary General of the Liberia Football Association B. Alphonso Armah has disclosed that the national U-23 female soccer team has been withdrawn from the qualifiers of the U-23 Summer Olympics.Armah said Liberia pulled out from the international tournament on Monday, April 27 but failed to state the reason for the withdrawal. But sources at the LFA said the withdrawal was due to the lack of funds.The female Lone Star were scheduled to face the Indomitable Lioness of Cameroon on Saturday and Friday, the 2nd and 8th of May respectively in Yaoundé, Cameroon owing to the banning of football activities in Liberia by CAF because of the Ebola outbreak in the country. Female Lone Star’s under the tactical guidance of ex-Liberian international, Varmah Kpoto, and his deputy is former female national team defender, Florence Monboe. Assistant Coach is Jonah Sarweah. Though Armah also failed to state about any possible fine from the continental governing body of football (CAF) owing to the pulling out just four days to the 1st leg, reliable sources said the country might face US$1,500 fine. Meanwhile, there is no confirmation from the LFA as to whether the country would also honor the 2016 FIFA U-20 Word Cup qualifiers. The U-20 Lone Star moved to second phase without kicking a ball owing to the withdrawal of the Sierra Leone female national U-20 team. The inability to secure a venue and the lack of funds are the official reasons given for the withdrawal by the SLFA. Liberia was scheduled to face Sierra Leonean in the preliminary round of the qualifiers away on the weekend of May 1-3 on a neutral ground, as Sierra Leone is not allowed to host international matches because of the Ebola outbreak. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…patrons call for more participation from corporate GuyanaThousands of Guyanese from all corners of the country and as well as a large amount of tourists, on Saturday braved the weather and took to the streets of Georgetown to get a glimpse of the beautiful and utterly decked-out men and women in their brightly coloured costumes gyrated to celebrate the country’s 52nd Independence Anniversary.The historic first Carnival commenced at the newly constructed roundabout at the beginning of Vlissengen Road, and came to a stop at the D’Urban Park, where the excitement was at its climax. As just about five trucks, laden with music boxes to pump up the atmosphere took off, the carnival chasers did not hesitate to show off their vibrant kaleidoscope of costumes and dancing skills that sailed with the intense soca vibes.These beautifully designed pieces were crafted with feathers, beads and tons of glitter among several other beautiful materials and saw no difficulty in grasping the crowd’s attention.The thousands of patrons who flocked the bands and lined the jam-packed streets for the much anticipated and long awaited Carnival took the opportunity to have a blast as well and did not waste any of the songs. Persons were seen snapping selfies against the backdrop of revelers and partying folks while others recorded videos of the event to post on social media. Dance moves threw some on the roads, while some in the air.Decked in their attractive costumes the members of the parade band, both on feet and on the trucks could have been seen enjoying themselves despite the drizzles of rainfall and gusty winds at first.However, as the sunshine gradually peeked out of the heavy dark cloud, beads of perspiration ran down the cheeks of the dancers who were thankful for the favourable weather.Robby Singh, who led one of the bands at the parade on Saturday encouraged persons to be part of the event in the year ahead, which plans are being made for. He also added that a comment of this year’s proceeding can only be termed as a “blast” for those who participated. A viewer of the parade told the Guyana Times that while she has been enjoying herself at the carnival, she thinks it definitely needs the support of more Guyanese and the inclusion of more costumes in the parades.According to her, “When you are accustomed to seeing Mashramani all here (the streets) is be full. Now I’m not seeing a lot of Guyanese supporting the Carnival in terms of everybody coming out and having a good time”.A male supporter of the historic event said he loves everything about the day and if he had the opportunity, he still would not change anything, not even the weather.“Oh, everything is so good and we’re enjoying it. I wouldn’t like to change anything. Everything was perfect,” Anil explained.Meanwhile Alex, a seven-year-old who accompanied his parents to view the parade said the thing he liked best about the Carnival was that each float had different music and different people. Sure enough, it was revealed that he would definitely like to see the Carnival parade again next year while he added that he was mostly excited by the music and to see how the people were reacting. Guyana Carnival kicked off May 18 and will culminate today. During the hosting of the event, several mega concerts were held featuring some of the best in the business. These include Kes, Machel Montano and Destra preformed throughout the week at the different events which were held in popular areas across Georgetown.Additionally, those who preferred a laid back atmosphere were treated to a steelband jamboree and the Miss Guyana World Pageant. The carnival committee is hoping that this is a venture that they can continue in the coming years to indulge all carnival chasers with the best Guyanese experience.