National Under-17 coach Andrew Edwards said the official inclusion of Wendell Downswell to the technical staff as an adviser to the side presently preparing for the CONCACAF final round in Panama next June can only be positive.Edwards hailed Downswell as a true servant of Jamaican football and believes his presence can only impact the team positively.”It is nothing new, what can be expected is that he will be more present in the flesh. He has always been a part of the set-up from I was appointed. He is youth coordinator/Youth Technical Director, he assists with the scouting process, provides guidance and supervises training programmes and plans, so he has always been with us,” Edwards shared.”There is no way we can have someone of the calibre of Mr Downswell and do not benefit from it. He is a true servant of Jamaican football in whatever capacity he has served, so I don’t expect him to be here and we do not see the benefits ,” he continued.Downswell, who helped guided two youth teams to world cups, was enthused and says he will be working extremely hard with the two coaches, Andrew and Omar Edwards, to ensure a successful campaign.”With my experience and knowledge I would help both coaches as it relates to the qualification. Both gentlemen (coaches) I recommended to be my assistant when I was with the under-17 and under-20s, so having worked with them before that lends itself to a good relationship,” said Downswell.”It will not be easy but we will be pulling all the stops to get the players ready. I am quite upbeat and enthused and I am expecting a successful journey,” Downswell said.Meanwhile, the team returned to camp this week and Edwards says they are focusing their preparation for the first game against the United States and coming away with positive result.MAKING PREPARATIONS”We recognised the enormity of the project in terms of the opposition we are going up against. But we have confidence in our players and we are just making preparations to give those abilities a realistic opportunity. If we fail to get that positive result we will have to go plan B, but the number one plan is to get a positive result,” Edwards said.Jamaica face USA, Mexico and El Salvador in Group C and Downswell noted that preparation will be the key.”At the under-17 level there is little difference between the teams so preparation is of utmost significance and that comes with a certain level of exposure. So once we get that quality preparation we will be in good stead,” said Downswell.
Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil But the German world number two, who was beaten 9-7 in the deciding set of last year’s Australian Open semi-final by Simona Halep, also said she could see both sides of the debate.“It might be easier because you can save energy, on the other side it is a tradition to play the advantage set,” she said.“Let’s see how it works this year.”Among the other Slams, Wimbledon will use final set tie-breaks at 12-12 starting from 2019, the US Open plays a traditional tie-break at 6-6 and the French Open does not use a final set tie-break.“The funny thing is we have four different formats in four Slams, so it is important to remind yourself what’s going on and which one it is,” said Federer.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next But Federer, aiming for his third successive Australian Open title and seventh overall, said he was personally “a bit torn” between the options.“I am okay with any format really,” he said. “Thing is, when it goes to six-all in the fifth, you’ve had plenty of chances to win it, or lose it, so from that standpoint how it ends is secondary in my opinion.”Kerber — who has based her game on superior physical fitness — suggested her advantage could be diluted by shortened deciders in Melbourne, where she won her first Slam in 2016.“I like physical matches and if you come here to Australia you have be really fit,” she said. “With the weather, the conditions, it’s really hot and humid and you have to ready for that.“I have no idea if I like (the new rule) or not, we will see.”ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments World No.1 Simona Halep fit and rested after ‘scary’ back injury Switzerland’s Roger Federer volleys during his match against Britain’s Cameron Norrie at the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia, Sunday Dec. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Trevor Collens)Star players Roger Federer and Angelique Kerber have cautiously welcomed new tie-break rules for the deciding set at the Australian Open.The year’s opening Grand Slam, starting January 14, will for the first time feature an extended tie-break in the final set when the score reaches 6-6, rather than a traditional full set.ADVERTISEMENT To win the decisive tie-break, a player will need to be the first to 10 with an advantage of at least two points.The move means all four Slams now use different rules, with only the French Open holding off from introducing a tie-break in the decider.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSpeaking at the Hopman Cup in Perth this week, Federer — who said he had been asked for his opinion on the change by tournament officials — admitted marathon final sets would be missed by some.“We will miss the 70-68 in the fifth, so that’s a pity,” he said, referring to the famous final-set marathon between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon in 2010. LATEST STORIES Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.