San Juan Jabloteh midfielder and team captain Marvin Oliver was sacked on Sunday by head coach Terry Fenwick for his participation in a BGTT/Counselor Zoff Celestine sponsored Tyro Sports Club offseason Bourg Mulatresse (minor) League.
“It’s unfortunate,” said a disappointed Fenwick on Monday morning following his team session which was minus the talented 36 year old Oliver. “But he took the chance and paid the price as a consequence.”
Fenwick, who was present at the minor-League competition on Sunday afternoon, said he made aware his presence and verbally informed Oliver that his contract was immediately terminated.
Oliver’s involvement in the minor-League and axing came two days before Tuesday’s Digicel Pro Bowl quarterfinal clash against Defence Force which kicks off from 8pm at the Marvin Lee Stadium.
Oliver, the 2007 Toyota/Pro League Player of the Year, joined Jabloteh from neighbouring rivals Caledonia AIA in 2008 and in the 2010 received warning of his involvement in minor-Leagues as a professional player.
Oliver was fined and temporarily stripped of the captain’s armband for appearing as player/coach in the Bourg Mulatresse minor-League along with a three other Jabloteh players.
“I wrapped his knuckles, (then), and told him he needs to be more responsible,” said Fenwick.
“It might be very late in the season with a (Digicel Pro Bowl) title to play for, but this is a guy that I have great respect for and wanted to prepare him for coaching because at 36, he was coming to the end of his playing career. He will give a good fight in every game but the discipline isn't there.
In addition the national Under-20 quartet, Sheldon Bateau, Jerrel Britto, Johan Peltier and Cordell Cato, who are currently on tour in Colombia will miss the match. Despite their absence Fenwick was still optimistic about his team a win and said, “We were the first team to defeat them during the season and we intend to be the last local team to do so this season,” boasted Fenwick.
“It doesn’t matter who you are, if you don’t have discipline than you can’t fit in. And I am willing to give the young lads who want the chance and hold a much better level of discipline,” ended Fenwick.