Final batch of Cali team returns

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Jamaica Gleaner


George Prescod manager of the soccer segment of the tour expressed satisfaction with the performance of the team, despite the defeats received. Jamaica was lumped with Mexico, Trinidad and Cuba in one group. They drew with Cuba nil-all, eventual winners of the group, succumbed 0-2 to Mexico, and were blanked 0-2 by Trinidad.

"After drawing with Cuba and beaten by Mexico we had to defeat Trinidad by two clear goals to stay in the competition; but despite the fact that for 80 per cent of the game we were all over Trinidad our forwards could not put the ball in the net," Mr. Prescod said.

He was liberal in his praise of Real Mona's goal-tender Bruce Black, who deputised for Vester Constantine following the latter's back injury after the Mexico match. "Playing in his first international game Black was the epitome of confidence and kept competently," he said. He disclosed that Leonard Mason also sustained a back injury and that Arthur Lattimore was inflicted with bronchitis and had to be hospitalised in Cartago where the matches were played, 100 miles from Cali.