CHAMPIONS: Pavel Smith (1st R), Brand Manager of sponsors Charley’s JB Rum, shares in the celebrations with winners Wadadah, as does Chairman of the CONFED, Linnel McLean, following the MoBay team’s success in the one-day Five-A-Side Football extravaganza and launch of this season’s CONFED. The day’s event took place at Jarrett Park on Saturday. – Noelita Lawrence photo

Noelita Lawrence

Wadadah hoisted the first trophy on offer in the 2017/2018 Charley’s JB Rum CONFED Super Football League, winning the one-day Five-A-Side extravaganza on Saturday at Jarrett.

A focused-looking Wadadah, who sailed through the competitive 12-team competition undefeated, outwitted Clarks Town, 2-1, in the championship game to pocket the $50,000 first place cash prize on offer, plus the Charley’s JB Rum trophy.

National youth representative, Calwayne Allen, outstanding throughout and who played in every game for his team, was the standout player of the final, slamming in both goals for the winners, including a scorcher.

Wadadah, showing off a few of their new acquisitions and with coach Daniel Ricketts in goal, looked an efficient bunch as they strolled to wins over Roaring River, and the St. James duo of Catherine Hall and Reggae Youths, on their way to lifting the trophy.

Reggae Youths finished third and pocketed $15,000, while Faulkland walked away with $10,000 for their fourth place finish.

National striker Allan Ottey, now plying his skills for Faukland, won the Golden Boot award.


The League proper, which sees the 12 teams, including last season’s beaten finalists Montego Bay Boys’ and Girls’ Club, split into two groups of six, kicks off on Saturday with four games.

Montego Bay Boys’ and Girls’ Club, Reggae Youths, Beaches Negril, Hopewell, Catherine Hall and Harmony are the teams listed in Zone One, while Wadadah, Faulkland, Granville, Clarks Town, Roaring River and Grand Palladium are the teams listed to contest Zone Two.


In the meantime, speaking at the launch, Chairman of the Western CONFED, Linnel McLean, urged the players to put on a good show for their teams and the sponsors.

“Over the last couple of years, Charley’s JB Rum has been with us as our main sponsor. Their sponsorship of the League has given us the opportunity to operate on a more free and professional level, so I charge all of you players to give your best at all times and show gratitude to the sponsors (Charley JB Rum).”

In wooing the sponsors, McLean noted that, “They (Charley’s JB Rum) are in the final year of their three-year deal with us and I’m hoping that at end of this season, we will be back together doing it (sponsorship) in a bigger and better way”.