Allan ‘Skill’ Cole among 10 honoured by JFF

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Former footballer Allan ‘Skill’ Cole were among ten people who were honoured by the JFF for their significant contribution to the development of football in Jamaica. They were honoured at a reception held on the occasion of the visit of the president of the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), Joseph Sepp Blatter, at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel September 26.

"It is great, great pleasure for me to be with you," said Blatter. "I am grateful now to be with you when awards are being presented to those who have served over the years and all volunteers in this sport."

The awardees were former prime minister and current chairman of the Premier League Clubs' Association, Edward Seaga; former prime minister P.J. Patterson; former St Catherine FA president for 42 years, Lincoln 'Happy' Sutherland; former national footballer and coach, Allan 'Skill' Cole; coach of Seba United, Weston King; football administrator and coach, John Green; former president of Kingston and St Andrew Footbal Association (KSAFA) and former vice-president of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), David 'Billy' Marston; former general secretary of KSAFA and the JFF, Russell Bell; former Trelawny FC president, Neville Glanville; and JFF administrator and Santos coach, Carlton Dennis.

JFF President Captain Horace Burrell pointed out that there are other persons deserving of awards who will be acknowledged in the future.

"There are many others who are quite deserving of awards ... your time will come, don't worry about it," he affirmed. "We are only awarding 10 persons tonight; in the future we will be awarding more."

Cole, who is the youngest player to represent Jamaica at the national level - age 16 - was very pleased to finally be honoured in his own country.

"I lived in Ethiopia for three years and in one season I got a lot of accolades in the country," said Cole. "I have played for Jamaica from I was 16 and just getting an award, so I must cherish and honour it.

"I feel very honoured and it is good to know people recognise what you are doing and you are honoured before you pass away," said Dennis in response to being recognised.