Wed, May


DEFENCE FORCE coach Marvin Gordon has been impressed by his new striker Jamille Boatswain, who was a key performer in the team’s recent success in the Digicel Pro Bowl.

The 23-year-old Boatswain joined Defence Force from Point Fortin Civic FC during the January transfer window. 

According to Gordon, “as a coach, you always want strikers who could move off the ball (and offer) different dimensions. You have (Devorn) Jorsling who can hold it up. 

“I thought it was the best decision I made this season, as a coach, in January by inviting Boatswain to join the Defence Force team,” continued Gordon.

“I think the future is bright for him because he’s the type of player that listens to coaches. He’s coachable, he takes instructions so I think the sky's the limit for Boatswain.” Defence Force retained their Pro Bowl crown and won the First Citizens Cup, but finished sixth in the 2016- 2017 Digicel Pro League season. How would he rate the past season?

“In the League disappointing as a coach, too much up and down,” responded Gordon. “But I said at the start of the (Pro Bowl) that I have a bunch of soldiers who love knockout competition and we showed that again. 

“After winning the (First Citizens) Cup, to come and be back-to-back champs in the Digicel Pro Bowl, it is brilliant. I know it’s a first for Defence Force.”

Looking at the forthcoming 2017 Pro League season, Gordon hopes “to try to get one or two players through the door, improve the youngsters, get them up to the level because people like (Devorn) Jorsling and (captain Jerwyn) Balthazar, to play 90 minutes week-in and week-out. Also to challenge for the League title.”