In Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope, West Indies possess two batting talents that have the potential to light up the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup. 

Jamaicans in Switzerland responded to a call put out on behalf of the Reggae Girlz, who bow into World Cup action on Sunday, June 9 against Brazil.

The team that arrived in France late last week for their final preparations, received a pleasant surprise on the weekend from members of the Jamaican Association in Switzerland (JAS) who donated water and food supplies for the history-making women.

Rashid Hall, President of the JAS, who spearheaded the cause, said they were happy to come to the aid of the Reggae Girlz.

“We saw this as an opportunity. We sent a message out within our database asking for support, asking for people to make donations towards helping the team and people responded favourably and we were able to purchase a number of items to help the team,” he said.

He explained that Carole Beckford, the chairperson of an All-Woman Committee tasked with garnering support for the Reggae Girlz, had reached out to a few Jamaicans in Geneva asking if there was anything they could do to help the team.

“They reached out to me because of me being the president of the Jamaica Association in Switzerland and because we have been asking before about ways for us to assist the team but were not getting much information,” he said.

With their pooled resources, the Jamaicans supplied the World Cup team with 25 cases of water, about 300 oranges, watermelons, boxes of cereal, oats, 50 boxes of nutrition bars.

“Things that they would be able to use outside their normal eating hours. We also bought some Jamaican items from a lady who does that in Switzerland – corned beef, banana chips, pepper, water crackers, just for them to get a little feeling of home. Things that can snack on their rooms, things that they can carry to training, on the bus when they are travelling,” Hall said.

“For us, it was really a blessing to be able to assist the team.”

The support doesn’t end there as the Jamaicans in Switzerland are also planning to attend matches as well.

“A number of us have bought tickets,” said Hall who will be attending the Reggae Girlz final group match against Australia on June 18. He will miss the two earlier games because of work. Hall is the sponsorship coordinator for CAA11, UEFA’s exclusive sponsorship and media agency.

The job requires him to be in Porto for the Nations League finals and thus, prevents him from attending the matches against Brazil and Italy.

“Quite a number of persons have bought tickets and are going out in droves,” Hall said.

“This is a chance for us to help them in another way and we are just happy to be able to assist. By right our focus is on early childhood education which is why we couldn’t take funds from our actual account but in any case when needs like this arise we still have the ability to ask persons on a one-off basis to donate and they did that and we were able to buy the stuff and carry it to them.

“The team was in good spirits they were very happy for the Jamaican products. Right now, they are overflowing with things. They can focus on the games. They can focus on preparing. We are happy to make that the case.”

Hall said their voices will be loud in the stands when the matches begin as they continue to lend their support to the Reggae Girlz.

“As I said to the girls, now we are going to be supporting in a different way, with our voices in the stands being very loud, being very present and we wish them all the best.”

 

 

 

 

Discarded Jamaica international Christopher Humphrey, after announcing his retirement from football, has gone the management route. 

Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar has denied an allegation he raped a woman in a Paris hotel.

A Sao Paulo state official confirmed to Omnisport that a charge has been brought against Neymar by an unidentified woman following an incident in the French capital on May 15.

The alleged victim took her case to a police station in Sao Paulo that specialises in women's defence on May 31.

"I'm being charged with rape," Neymar, who is preparing for the Copa America with Brazil, said in an Instagram video. "It is a heavy word, something very strong, but it is what is happening at the moment. I was taken by surprise. It was bad and sad to hear that. [Anyone] who knows me, knows my character and my nature, [knows I] would never do anything like that.

"I was exposed to this and I am here to face the situation because any news with my name causes a lot of noise and everybody keeps wanting me to answer."

The woman claims she met Neymar after exchanging messages on Instagram and a friend of the player arranged for her to travel to France.

It is further alleged that she met the player, who arrived drunk at around 20:00 local time (18:00 GMT), at the Sofitel Paris Arc Du Triomphe where he later had non-consensual sex with her.

In the woman's testimony, she says she returned to Brazil on May 17 but was too emotionally shaken to report the incident until now.

"What happened was totally the opposite of what was said. I am upset," Neymar said. "But from now on I will expose everything, all the conversations I had with this girl, all our intimate moments. This will need to be exposed to prove that nothing happened. Then after this video you will see all the messages and everything that happened that day and the other day.

"Because what happened on the first day was a relationship between man and woman, in a private room, something that happens between all couples, and the next day nothing much happened. We kept exchanging messages and she asked me for a gift for her son, that I was going to give, and I was taken by surprise because of this.

"I have to prove something that is sincere and true. I am very sincere and fond of the truth, and if I must expose the things that happen, I will expose them. I think now is the right time for everyone to know what happened, it is bad to put myself in this situation that is very sad. It is very bad to know that the world is like this, that there are people who want to extort other people, it is really sad and painful. But since I am in this situation, I am here explaining to you.

"I hope the justice sees these messages and what actually happened. It is with sadness and heartache that I make this video, that I explain it all, a complicated situation for me and my family. And I apologise to my family, I was induced in this. It was a trap, and I ended up falling in it, and I will take this as a lesson from now on. Thank you."

Neymar has been accused of raping a woman in a Paris hotel, a Sao Paulo state official has confirmed to Omnisport.

A charge has been brought against the Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil forward by an unidentified woman following an incident in the French capital on May 15.

Neymar's father insists his son is not guilty of any wrongdoing and claims to "have proof that nothing happened".

The alleged victim took her case to a police station in Sao Paulo that specialises in women's defence on May 31.

The woman claims she met Neymar after exchanging messages on Instagram and a friend of the player arranged for her to travel to France.

It is further alleged that she met the player, who arrived drunk at around 2000, at the Sofitel Paris Arc Du Triomphe where he later had non-consensual sex with her.

In the woman's testimony, she says she returned to Brazil on May 17 but was too emotionally shaken to report the incident until now.

Neymar is currently on international duty with Brazil as the team prepare to host the Copa America.

On Saturday, Neymar Snr told Sao Paulo-based television network Band: "It's a person accusing Neymar, but we have proof that nothing happened.

"Neymar fell into this trap. Now we have to do what we can to show the truth."

Mohamed Salah put last season's final heartbreak behind him by setting up a 2-0 win over Tottenham in Madrid and a sixth Champions League triumph for Liverpool.

Egypt star Salah was infamously injured in a challenge with Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos before the Reds subsided to a 3-1 defeat in Kiev 12 months ago but grabbed the opener in a largely forgettable contest at the Wanda Metropolitano.

The Premier League Golden Boot winner dispatched a second-minute penalty after Moussa Sissoko was penalised for handball.

Liverpool and their Premier League counterparts played in fits and starts thereafter, with Spurs enjoying their most consistent spell of pressure before substitute Divock Origi added to his semi-final brace against Barcelona by drilling clinically into the bottom-right corner three minutes from time.

 

Jose Antonio Reyes has died in a traffic accident at the age of 35, former club Sevilla have confirmed.

Reyes most recently played for Extremadura in Spain's second tier, representing them nine times in the second half of this season.

A former Spain international, Reyes came through Sevilla's academy having grown up in the town of Utrera, a few miles east of Andalusia's capital.

He broke into Sevilla's first-team as a teenager before earning himself a big-money move to Arsenal in 2004, staying there for three years.

A mercurial, talented winger, Reyes went on to feature for Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Benfica, before returning to his boyhood club in 2011 for a five-year spell.

Reyes remains the youngest player to ever represent Sevilla in LaLiga, having made his debut at the age of 16 years, four months and 29 days in January 2000.

Although he never won a trophy with Sevilla during his first spell, he went on to play a key role in their three successive Europa League triumphs between 2014 and 2016, before departing for Espanyol.

Former Waterhouse player and Reggae Boyz long-standing left-sided player, Demar Phillips, after being released by Major League Soccer’s Real Salt Lake City is back playing football in the United States. 

Injured Reggae Girlz forward Khadija ‘Bunny’ Shaw and Kayla McCoy are being assessed on a daily basis with the hope that they will be ready to take the field when Jamaica opens its 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign on June 9.

President of the Jamaica Football Federation has expressed sadness at the passing of former Prime Minister Edward Seaga who died on Tuesday after a bout of illness. He was 89.

Reggae Girlz forward Khadija Shaw suffered a sprained ankle during the Reggae Girlz 3-2 loss to Scotland on Tuesday and it remains unclear when she will return to action with the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup set to kick off in 12 days' time.

Former Jamaica Prime Minister, Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA) president and chairman of Tivoli Gardens Football Club, Edward Seaga, died on Tuesday at the age of 89, after a battle with cancer.

In addition to being the leader of the country between 1980 and 1989, Seaga was well known for sizeable contributions to countless aspects of Jamaican life, particularly sports and culture. 

For several years, Seaga served as president of the Tivoli Gardens Sports Club and was a constant fixture on the sidelines of football, basketball and netball teams for several years. 

His achievements at the helm included five national premier league titles for the football team and the development of the Edward Seaga Sports Complex, at the Railway Oval in Tivoli Gardens, which served as the home base for the teams.

Tivoli Gardens was the community Seaga had, almost single handedly built, and it was the centre of much of his political power, as his work in that community helped him become the longest sitting Member of Parliament in the country's history.

Later on, Seaga served as chairman of both the Premier League Club Association (PLCA) and the recently dissolved Professional Football Association of Jamaica (PFAJ).

Jamaica are sweating on the health of their key player Khadija ‘Bunny’ Shaw, who suffered a leg injury during their 3-2 loss to Scotland at Hampden Park on Tuesday.

Reggae Girlz Head Coach Hue Menzies said his players have managed to put the weekend’s travel mishaps behind and are settling in nicely before Tuesday’s final World Cup warm-up match against a tough Scotland unit on Tuesday.

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