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It was my decision – Alvas Powell

first_imgALVAS POWELL has said sorry for walking out on the Jamaica men’s national senior football team at the CONCACAF Gold Cup.Additionally, he said the decision was his and his alone.”I was just sorry about what happened,” Powell said in an interview with The Gleaner yesterday.”This is a decision I made on my own and it surprised everybody.”The 21-year-old left the Jamaica camp on July 15, the morning after their final Group B encounter against El Salvador at BMO Field in Toronto.Jamaica won the game 1-0 and Powell – who had sat out the previous games against Costa Rica and Canada, came on as a substitute during the second half.The team’s head coach, Winfried Sch‰fer, had said he had no intention to recall Powell to his team initially.Change of heartHowever, on their return from the Gold Cup, Sch‰fer noted a change of heart and said in an interview that “the door is open”.The 65-year-old German, while stating his liking for the youth, said he didn’t want the player’s career to go down and allow him to suffer much public pressure.Sch‰fer had also intimated that Powell had been influenced by his agent, Damani Ralph, who had been to several of the matches and has other national players on his roster.”I don’t think it’s his decision. He’s too young and does not think 100 per cent.”He added: “… His manager must tell him ‘Alvas, you can’t go.’ His manager must give him better advice.”Ralph, however, said he did not advise his player to leave. In fact, the former Jamaica striker said he went out of his way to try and get Powell to change his decision.”I flew up to Canada especially to try and relieve a situation that I knew could have got worse. Sadly, it got worse,” Ralph affirmed.”I did not advise Alvas Powell to leave the camp,” Ralph said. “The player can confirm this.”Powell did.”When I was leaving, Damani never had nothing all to do with it. He even asked me if this is what I wanted to do, more than one time. He told me to think about it, more than once,” the Portland Timbers player said.Powell continued: “What happened has happened already. I cannot change the past. I just feel bad about the decision I made. I’ve gotten the chance to redeem myself, and I will not make a stupid decision like that again. That ‘s why I’ve made up my mind to go back.”I was talking with the coach yesterday and he said he wanted the best for me. At the time when I was leaving, I wished the team nothing but good luck. Me and none of my teammates had any form of beef.”The decision I made, I was ignorant. I was upset. I was upset that I was not playing,” he explained. “I had 18 games outstanding for my club, and to come in the camp and not be playing, I was losing confidence. It was too much in my head. I couldn’t manage it. People are disappointed for me.”Ralph hopes Powell will learn from the experience.He said: “I want to make sure that at the end of the day, we’re able to move forward and this can become a learning experience for a young professional.”last_img read more

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Arsene Wenger revels in Arsenal’s ‘perfect week’ following back-to-back wins

first_imgArsene Wenger has reflected on a “perfect week” for Arsenal, after his side followed up Champions League victory over Bayern Munich with three points against Everton to go top of the Premier League table.The Gunners sealed a surprise 2-0 win over the German giants on Tuesday to kick-start their European campaign, and were eager to claim maximum points against the Toffees with title rivals Manchester City facing a tough derby clash with United at Old Trafford on Sunday.First-half goals Olivier Giroud and defender Laurent Koscielny in the space of two minutes looked to have set the Gunners up for a comfortable evening, before Ross Barkley hauled Everton back into the contest with a brilliant solo goal on the stroke of half-time.Both sides had chances to add to the scoreline after the break, with Giroud, Mesut Ozil and Romelu Lukaku all hitting the woodwork, but Arsenal were the more impressive side to seal a 2-1 win over an Everton side which finished the game with ten men after Gareth Barry earned two yellow cards.And while Wenger accepts there is little to read into the league table just yet, things are now starting to come together for the Gunners“It is a perfect week and it is not easy to have that,” said the Arsenal boss.“I believe that we will keep that solidarity, that desire to do well and I think we are well focused to do well and together we have improved on that front and we know that when we have the ball we can create goal chances.“We went to Watford and won 3-0 and beat Bayern Munich 2-0 and beat Everton tonight in one week, it has been a fantastic week. It is not easy.“The only negatives is that we lost some players through in jury during the week, but I will have to rest some players Tuesday night against Sheffield [Wednesday in the League Cup] as I think for some players I think it will be one game too many for them.”Wenger admitted he did not expect Arsenal to be at the head of the table at this stage following their poor start.“I thought after ten games, no, honestly. I thought it would take much longer because Manchester City started with five wins, so it was difficult to envisage that we would come back but we had no choice,” he added.“I’m pleased because we had a very difficult start. After a difficult game against West Ham [a 2-0 defeat at the Emirates on the opening day] nobody would have predicted we would have been at the top after ten gams.“But we are there, that shows we have made some ground up, so let’s keep our togetherness and fight for the future games, that is all we can do.“It is very early in the season but we are happy to be where we are.”last_img read more

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