'Jesus' is the saviour - Powell
Chairman of Montego Bay United (MBU) Orville Powell said that Dino Williams' goalscoring ability have influenced his prediction that they will capture this season's Red Stripe Premier League.
In a STAR Sports story headlined 'We are going to win the league' published on December 31, 2017, Powell was very confident that they will win this season's competition despite his team's poor early season form.
Montego Bay were in eighth in the league with 20 points when Powell made the declaration. Although they have only inched to seventh on 34 points, Powell is sticking to his words.
"We are going to win the Red Stripe Premier League competition this year. Just watch, and you will see," said Powell at that time.
When MBU last won the title in the 2015-16 season, Williams was pivotal as he won the Golden Boot award with 15 goals. And although the prolific scorer is playing through pains, he is a big influence on his teammates.
"I am not getting shaky. Dino has impacted the team. They call him 'Jesus'. He is the saviour. When he is on the field whether on one foot, he can win a game," Powell told STAR Sports.
"The team is more confident. He is not hundred per cent, but we have no more goalscorer who is as prolific as Dino. My prediction remains the same," the MBU boss shared.
The 27-year-old Williams bagged a brace in his team's 4-2 come-from-behind win against Sandals South Coast at STETHS Complex last Sunday. Those goals pushed his tally to nine for the season. And, MBU are only a point outside the top six qualification spot.
It has not been the best season for Montego Bay United's Williams. The forward has struggled with a persistent groin injury for over two seasons and was due for surgery.
However, he postponed that surgery to help MBU, and that sacrifice is paying off so far.
MBU's American technical director, Timothy Hankinson, who had tried to lure Williams to the Indy XI in the North American Soccer League two years ago before the player failed a medical examination, knows his player's potential.
"He's great on the spot, you can't expect a lot of work from him, not a lot of pressuring from him, but given the chance, he is as good as we have got as far as having the ability to finish it off," noted Hankinson.
"He is doing well on and off the field, always helping. It has been up and down. We are getting ready for the next game on Sunday. If we take care of each game, anything is possible," Hankinson said about his team's chance of winning a second title in three seasons.