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My work experience - Ambusley's

…as former national football player marches towards coaching ranks

BY PAUL A REID
Observer West Writer

Thursday, August 23, 2018

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LUCEA, Hanover — Former national football representative Dwayne Ambusley continued his march towards the coaching ranks after he led Lucea FC to the Hanover Football Association/ Island Lux Beach Park/Negril and MP Ian Hayles Western Hanover/CDF Hanover FA Major League title on Sunday, beating Mt Pelier DC 1-0, in a contentious final played at Watson Taylor Park in Lucea.

Ambusley, who was assistant to Vassell Reynolds when Rusea's High won the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) daCosta Cup title last year, and who has been in a player/coach role at Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) team Montego Bay United, has been basking in his first success “as a head coach”, describing the season as “my work experience.”

Lucea FC's 1-0 win, which came courtesy of a first-half own goal, saw them completing the qualifiers for the Western Confederation Super League, joining three first -timers — Falmouth United of Trelawny, Somerton FC of St James and Delveland PYC of Westmoreland.

Lucea FC finished the game with just nine players, after Andre Hudson and captain Chavion “Bush Rat” Anderson were both sent off in the 12th minute of time added on by referee Delroy Harding.

Ambusley told the Jamaica Observer West that “things were not always smooth for the team” that was returning to the Super League after a one-year break.

“It has been a challenging season; we had our ups and downs,” Ambusley informed.

“We went through some rough times with player riffs and some left us, but we managed to pull the team back as a unit and in the end we managed to pull it off.”

Whether he would be able to continue in his position as head coach, however, was still up in the air.

“I don't know how I can take this up on a full-time basis,” he said, pointing out that he had taken it up out of loyalty to his hometown.

The veteran midfielder, who is set to continue playing in the RSPL, said, “football is what I do,” and that he chose to start at the 'lower level' so he could continue his education as a coach.

“It is always good to start with a lower team as you can always experiment a bit more, as it is not as much pressure as at a higher level,” he told the Observer West.

“This was my work experience and we are into the Super League, so we have to meet with management now and see where we go from here, set the schedule, try to get better players and make the team a formidable one.”

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