Jamaica will be the only Caribbean country to host one of world football’s most prestigious trophies, the UEFA Champions League Trophy, which will be presented in an official four day tour by Heineken from March 20 to 23. The exciting affair is set for stops in parishes across the island including Kingston, Clarendon, St Ann and St James. Heineken and its partners say that they are hoping to treat the public to what they describe as an ultimate fan experience. Heineken Brand Manager, Suwannee Stewart, told The Gleaner that The Heineken UEFA Champion League Trophy Tour will be an exciting fan powered tour, with Jamaicans set to be thrilled. “This means our fans tell us what they want, and we deliver,” he said. “Heineken International decided that this year, Jamaica would be the first stop on the Global Trophy Tour. For us, that means we start the race and you know how we Jamaicans get when it comes to sports,” reasoned Stewart. Stewart implores fans and consumers across the island to get involved, and salute the trophy. “We are also bringing an international superstar in the history of the UEFA Champion League; a star baller, and a great guy, who Jamaicans will love, from the moment he steps foot on Jamaican soil,” the brand manager revealed. VIP EXPERIENCE According to Stewart, Heineken has reached out to the Jamaica Football Federation’s (JFF) Captain Horace Burrell to have the JFF be a part of the experience. “We also extend the invite to the PLCA (Premier League Clubs Association), with whom we work closely in the local Red Stripe Premier League. We are inviting the heads of the top Clubs in the League to be a part of the VIP experience, and we carefully selected venues that we knew would connect with local football fans,” he explained. Following the Jamaican tour, other countries set to receive the trophy include; Panama, Colombia, Egypt, India and Vietnam.
Steve Komphela Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela feels aggrieved by the Christmas break Ernest Makhaya 18:10 12/17/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Backpagepix Kaizer Chiefs PSL The Amakhosi mentor feels the timing of the Christmas break came at a wrong time for his team, but he has plans in place to keep the team motivated Kaizer Chiefs head coach Steve Komphela has lamented the timing of the Christmas break following his side’s win over Ajax Cape Town on Saturday night. A Dumisani Zuma goal was enough to take Amakhosi to 22 points after 15 league games, and Komphela is hoping that they can keep up the momentum going into the second half of the campaign. Chiefs resume the season with a clash against SuperSport United in January, and Komphela wants his charges to come back with the same energy they showed against the Urban Warriors. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “We hope we’ll keep up the momentum, but we now have to go off for a minor recess and be back for the game against SuperSport. It feels more like an international break where you are just about to get your momentum and then there is a stoppage‚” Komphela told the media after the game.“We’ll have to come back again and try fight and get into SuperSport with the energy we showed against Ajax. It’s going to be very difficult,” he said. Despite eventually walking away with the three points against Stanley Menzo’s side, Komphela felt Chiefs were supposed to wrap up the game very early in the game given the goalscoring chances they created on the day. “In the first half we made quite a number of entries, but there was nothing to show [in terms of goals]‚” he continued. “In the second half‚ I thought we should have made our lives a bit easier [by breaking the deadlock) earlier, but that’s the name of the game,” added Komphela. Komphela admitted Zuma scored a beauty of a goal, and although he admitted that Chiefs didn’t look structurally co-ordinated, the 50-year-old was pleased with the three points collected in Durban. “It was a beautiful goal‚” said Komphela of Zuma’s goal.“At times it looked like structurally we were not well co-ordinated, but we are delighted with the victory‚” concluded Komphela.