Caribbean Sports Roundup

By
NAN Sports Editor

News Americas, NEW YORK,
NY, Fri. Dec. 6, 2019
:
Here are the top headlines making news on the
Caribbean sports scene this week.

Reggae
Girlz Head Coach Calls It Quits

The
coach who made history with World Cup Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz soccer tea has
called it quits. According to Digicel Sports Max, Coach Hue Menzies has decided he can no longer continue in his capacity after a
protracted dispute with the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF). Menzies contract
expired in August and has not been renewed.

Menzies
was quoted as saying he had also grown impatient with not being reimbursed by
the JFF for personal funds he used during the Reggae Girlz successful bid to
get to the 2019 World Cup in France.

“It
is unfortunate because we put so much time and created so much history. It’s
not just a football job, it’s more than football so obviously I am very
disappointed in how the federation communicated, well the lack of communication
from the federation,” Menzies was quoted as stating.

Bahamas
Born Player Is Giving Away Most Of His Donations

Remember
that Stephen F. Austin men’s basketball hero from the Bahamas? Well Nate Bain
received a whopping $150,000 after his buzzer-beater helped upset top-ranked
Duke. His family lost everything when Hurricane Dorian struck the Bahamas in
September, but Bain said because his family home had insurance, the money donated
via his GoFundMe will go to help other families within the church and the
school. “It’s going to help a whole lot of families,” he told TMZ.

West
Indies Gets Batting Coach

Cricket
West Indies has appointed experienced coach Monty Desai to the post of West
Indies Men’s Batting Coach.

Desai
joins the West Indies ahead of the start of the T20 International Series
against India, which bowls off today, Friday, December 6th, at the
Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Hyderabad.

Desai
has worked with Canada, as their Head Coach at the ICC World Cricket League Division
2 and Afghanistan as their Batting Coach at the ICC Cricket World Cup
qualification tournament in 2018. More recently, he also worked as Batting
Coach for the United Arab Emirates at the ICC T20 World Cup qualification
event.

The
Windies will also face India in Thiruvananthapuram on December 8th and at the
Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, on December 11th. Following that series, the two
teams will meet in three ODIs in Chennai (December 15th), in Vizag (December 18th)
and on Cuttack (December 22nd).

The
limited-overs series between India and West Indies, which begins today, will
have front-foot no-balls exclusively monitored by a third umpires.

Jamaican
Roots Athlete Named Sportswoman of the Year

Jamaican
roots British sprinter, Dina Asher-Smith, 23, has been named Sportswoman of the
Year for 2019 by the Sunday Times in the United Kingdom. With her win in the
200-meter event at the World Championships held in October 2019 in Doha, she
became the first woman from Britain to attain a major international title. In
addition to her victory in the 200-meters, Asher-Smith took home a silver medal
in the 100- meter event. With this medal, she became the first athlete, man or
woman, since 1984 to win three medals at the same international championship
tournament.

Jamaica’s
Reggae Boyz Joins Team Beckham

Jamaica’s
Reggae Boyz, Alvas Powell, has been drafted Inter Miami CF, David Beckham’s MLS
team.

Beckham
owns the franchise, chose Powell in the second pick of the second round at the
MLS Expansion Draft.

Powell
came to Cincinnati from the Portland Timbers, where he won the MLS Cup
Championship in 2014. Inter Miami, a new 2020 expansion club, was a participant
in the draft along with another new expansion club Nashville SC. The two clubs
were permitted to chose one player from each MLS club.

FCC
will receive $50,000 in General Allocation Money in compensation for the
selection.

Powell,
25, made 13 appearances, including 10 starts, for the Orange and Blue in the
club’s inaugural MLS season in 2019. Acquired from the Portland Timbers via
trade on Dec. 27, 2018. The defender made his FC Cincinnati debut when he
started at right back in FC Cincinnati’s first-ever MLS match at Seattle on
March 2.

As
an FC Cincinnati player, Powell made 14 appearances for Jamaica and scored his
first two international goals in a Concacaf Nations League group stage match at
Guyana on Sept. 9.

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