World Relays debut excites Thompson

first_imgNASSAU, Bahamas: Reigning Olympic sprint double champion Elaine Thompson says she is excited ahead of her IAAF World Relays debut in The Bahamas, where she’s hoping to lead Jamaica’s defence of the women’s 4x100m title. The two-day championships is set to begin here today. Thompson missed the first two stagings of the championships in 2014 and 2015 due to personal reasons despite initially being selected for both teams. However, Thompson, who, last year, established herself as the leading female sprinter on the planet, says he is eager to get going at the event and is looking forward to a strong showing. “I am super excited,” said Thompson. “I have been selected for the third time for the World Relays and this is my first time going and so I am really excited and looking forward to it.’ The Jamaican women’s team will be without veterans Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Veronica Campbell-Brown for the championships, but despite this, Thompson believes they have a very talented team that will do well in The Bahamas. “Despite the fact that two of our main athletes are not on the team, I believe that once we can take that baton safely around, then we can definitely take home that gold medal,” she said. “They (Fraser-Pryce and Campbell-Brown) are my role models and for me to be a trendsetter now, I am just going to keep pushing so that we can take home the gold for Jamaica,” Thompson said. Along with Thompson, the other members of Jamaica’s 4x100m relay team are Simone Facey, Natasha Morrison, Christania Williams and Sashalee Forbes. Facey is the only returning member of Jamaica’s team, which finished first in a time of 41.14 seconds in The Bahamas two years ago. Defending the 2015 victory will not be easy for the Jamaicans as strong competition is expected from the rebuilt United States team. It’s why there will have to be careful selection of the legs for each runners. Thompson said that she is not sure which one of the legs she will be competing in at the championships, but that she will be “more than happy” to run any of the legs. “I am not sure which leg I will be running, but any leg I am selected for, I will take it on,” the Manchester-born sprinter said. The 24-year-old Thompson opened her outdoor season in winning the women’s 100m in a wind-aided 10.75 seconds at the UTech Classic on April 15. Thompson established her pedigree with gold-medal runs in the 100m and 200m at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. ANTICIPATING A WINlast_img read more

Okello is better than Jackson Mayanja, says Mutebi

first_imgAllan Okello will have trials in Holland and Germany mid this year.With only hours away from the must win fixture against Madagascan giants CNaPS Sport, KCCA FC coach Mike Mutebi has thrown praise in the direction of teenage sensation Allan Okello.Okello is only in his second season as a KCCA FC first team player and has so far registered three goals in the league this term and is louded amongest the most creative players in the top tier.The youthful player made his debut against Onduparaka last season and scored a hat trick in the game, one which is viewed as the game that sold him to the hearts of Ugandans most particularly KCCA FC fans.Okello’s career is on the raise by the day, he took part in the COSAFA U20 championships early this year with the Hippos and is highly belived to be on his way to Ajax Amsterdam of Holland for trails and then to Germany at the season’s end.Mike Mutebi who has previously tagged Okello as the special one spoke about the kid only a day before the CNaPS Sport game.“Okello is the special one indeed and we are lucky to have him in our team. Said Mutebi.“In football, we have brilliant players and then the special ones and Okello falls into the later category.“He thinks like no other, he is magnificent on the ball and capable of unlocking any defensive set up infront of him.“He is in the calebor of players who leave a lasting impression in the minds of the fans and in most cases they can’t stop talking about what they have done on the pitch.“Okello is that player you can always count on to deliver even in the darkest situations because he is so capable where others are rendered incapable.“I know he is still young but everything about him is so different and that’s why we have to give the responsibility as early as possible so as he grows with it.“When you identify such an exceptional player at a tender age, you throw the responsibility of the team to him like Barcelona did with Lionel Messi.“In my coaching career, i have crossed paths with very good footballers and i can gladly say that Jackson Mayanja is up their at the very top but Okello understands the game better than Mayanja.“Mayanja was that kind of player who is so good on the ball but Okello is also exceptional in that aspect and he tops it up with being able to understand the game better than him (Mayanja).“He is someone who you will give instructions to and he executes them perfectly and when the team does all the right things but fail to get the desired result, we can always count on him to do the rest with a piece of magic.“I know people will say that i throw all the praise because he is my player but i trust those that have watched him play can bare me witness to the greatness that has graced our game at such tender age.It remains to be seen if Allan Okello can turn into the player that he has promised to become as he matures in terms of age.He will surely be starting tomorrow when his KCCA side take on CNaPS on Wednesday at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo come 04:00pm.Comments Tags: allan okelloCNaPSKCCAMike Mutebisports toplast_img read more