Digicel Football Clinic ends part 6 in Suriname


Digicel Clinics Head Coach, John Barnes, with the Suriname National U-20 team.jpg

With two countries to go the Digicel Kick Start Football Clinic wound up its sixth leg in Paramaribo, Suriname, on February 3rd with a high tempo match infused with disciplined performances. At the Franklyn Essed Stadium, the National U-20 and opposing team, Robin Hood played the match taken by U-20 2- 1. with great spirit.

Described as showing commendable promise for the future development of
football in Suriname, U-20 players who attended the three day Clinic as well as their opponents, Robin Hood were highly commended by Digicel Clinics' Head Coach, John Barnes. "All the players exhibited the discipline and togetherness that I have been speaking about. There are about three or four players from Suriname that will be up for consideration to go to Sunderland and one of the players I'm considering is from Robin Hood," Barnes said.

John Barnes speaks with Suriname Digicel Text competition winners, Robin Hood, before their match with the Suriname national U20 team.jpg

During the intense two day training clinics held prior to the game, Barnes noted Suriname's National U-20consistently exhibited discipline and professionalism; demonstrating Suriname's potential for international success.

John Barnes with Robin Hood just before their match with the Suriname National U20 team on Match day of the Digicel Clinics.jpg

Robin Hood did put up an aggressive fight, but gave the match to the U-20 team in the second half. The score was 1 – 1 and Robin Hood's goalie fouled the National U-20 attacker, giving way to the winning penalty kick.

After the match, Barnes said, "I like what I saw today. The match was played in good spirit.

Suriname National U20 team play Robin Hood on match day of the Suriname Digicel Cliinics.jpg

Kenneth Jalins, Head Coach for Suriname's National U-20 team, praised Barnes and the Digicel Clinics. "The organisation of the Digicel Kick
Start Clinics
is very good. The structure of the sessions ensures that the players get everything they can out of it. Barnes is very clear and precise and makes it easy for the players to understand what he wants from them. He is very motivational and he has shown them how to further develop skills they already have. Barnes has a good spirit on the pitch, is motivational and has a passion for developing young footballers," he stated.

Digicel Clinics Head Coach, John Barnes, with the boys from the Christophorus Children's Home in Suriname.jpg

Barnes will announce the selected six players chosen to train at Sunderland AFC's Academy of Light for one week in March 2008, at the end of the eight country tour. The announcement will take place in Kingston, Jamaica on Saturday, February 23, 2008.

The CFU sponsored Clinic moves on now to Trinidad and Tobago.