With their place in the CONCACAF final round secured, Jamaica’s Under-17 footballers will now focus their attention on winning the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) championship now under way in Trinidad and Tobago.The young Reggae Boyz finished second in Group A on goal difference behind Haiti after two wins and a draw, to take one of the five available CONCACAF final-round spots for CFU teams after advancing to the semi-finals on Wednesday.However, the Andrew Edwards-coached team will have it all to do against Cuba, who were three wins from as many matches in Group B.”We are very happy, elated,” Edwards told The Gleaner. “Our dream of playing in the World Cup is still alive. We have given ourselves the most important chance because we have now qualified for the CONCACAF stage, where the qualifiers will be decided to go to India. Now we have the opportunity to do that, and we have to use the time between now and then to prepare,” he said.Edwards says their two remaining games will be used to continue their preparation for the CONCACAF round, but he remains confident of getting a win against the high-riding Cubans and close out the championship with the title.”We have two more games, and those two games will form our preparation for the CONCACAF stage. We want to win the tournament,” he insisted. “We want to win thesemi-finals and go on and win the final to continue our growth and development as a team. So we are still very motivated and still very confident of getting something much more out of the tournament now that we have qualified for the CONCACAF stage,” he said.
Athletes like world number one wrestler Bajrang Punia and Asian Games champion Vinesh Phogat took to Twitter to express their displeasure on cuts in prize money by Haryana Government as per the new sports policy.Bajrang Punia had said that wrestlers from Haryana represented not only the state but the entire country and that such demoralizing acts of the government will break the morale of these athletes.Sports Minister of Haryana, Anij Vij, responded to Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat’s tweet saying they have never disrespected sportspersons. ” On the basis of sports policy prize money has been distributed. If there is some discrepancy they can speak to the department. We have never disrespected our sportspersons,” he said.Anil Vij, Haryana Minister on wrestlers Bajrang Punia & Vinesh Phogat’s tweet: On the basis of sports policy prize money has been distributed. If there is some discrepancy they can speak to the department. We have never disrespected our sportspersons. pic.twitter.com/uKOtqIGBgQANI (@ANI) June 26, 2019Vinesh Phogat had said that the government rolled back on its promise made five years ago that no athlete will be forced to leave Haryana and will be guaranteed respect and reward. “Every time you try right here how to annoy players. I have not seen such an insulting Government of sportspersons in Haryana till today. I want to ask you how many players you have done to give you prize money and jobs till date,” she wrote on Twitter.- , @anilvijminister @cmohry https://t.co/nvbRIFDE2kadvertisementVinesh Phogat (@Phogat_Vinesh) June 25, 2019Last week, Haryana Government canceled a state-level function to award sportspersons and decided to transfer the cash prize directly into their accounts. The athletes who have won medals at Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and Asian Para Games during the years 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 were to be honoured in the function.Also See: