The Pele-Palla connection! - St Bess gunning for Premier League football
Former Reggae Boyz striker Kevin 'Pele' Wilson and outstanding veteran goalkeeper Julian 'Rammie' McLeish have joined forces with coach Linval 'Palla' Wilson and they are pushing to gain promotion for St Bess to the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL).
The St Elizabeth-based outfit are leading Zone Two in the South Central Confederation Charley' JB Rum Super League after seven rounds. St Bess are unbeaten with four wins and three drawn encounters for 15 points, ahead of second-place Holland PYC, who are on 14 points.
The South Central Confed champions will advance to the play-offs for one of two spots to next season's Red Stripe Premier League.
'Palla' Wilson, who is also a former national defender, said that the 41-year-old Wilson (no relation) and former national youth goalkeeper McLeish have impacted the St Bess team.
McLeish arrived at St Bess last September, then influenced 'Pele' who joined from reigning RSPL champions Arnett Gardens during last month's transfer window.
"They are a big influence and brought something to the team. The younger players look up to them and take advice. They are glad to have them. The other players show them a lot of respect," coach Wilson said.
"Wilson and McLeish have a positive impact and are definitely helping the team in the South Central Super League. We want to try get into the top tier of football in Jamaica and also to promote St Elizabeth, as the parish has not been in the league for over four decades," Wilson shared.
"We want to attract more young talent at St Bess in order for the development. We have a lot of youngsters in the team like 15-year-old national Under-15 striker Rajay Wright, the team's top marksman Nacquain Brown and also STETHS midfielder Chris-Andrew Dixon," he pointed out.
Wilson and McLeish are responding well to the other players by guiding them along. "We are in it for the long haul, even if we don't make it to the Premier League, we will continue the work."
Wilson also praised St Bess' president Kingsley Wright for his leadership and vision. "Organisation is the key to success, so as long as we have that, it is possible. Our president Kingsley Wright has a vision also for Jamaica's football," he concluded.