The 'Bisons' Are Here

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Jamaica Gleaner

We don't intend to lose—Howard U coach

HOWARD UNIVERSITY soccer players, who hail from Washington D.C., arrived here last Friday evening for a four-match series which opens tomorrow with a match against U.W.I. at Mona at 4 p.m.

It was a confident team, expressing a mood of buoyancy, which deplaned at the Palisadoes International Airport.

The spirit of optimism which prevailed among the 'Bisons' as they are called was due to their achievement winning the National Inter-Collegiate Athletic Association soccer championships the day before their arrival here.

First black

The achievement was attained at the Orange Bowl in Miami where they defeated eight-time winners, and defending champions, St. Louis 3-2. Their winning goals came from Alvin Henderson (2) and Mori Diane (1).

In a competition which bracketed more than 500 Universities "we became the first black University in the 30-odd year history of the competition to emerge champions" commented coach Lincoln Phillips.

The coach who headed the 18-man contingent said that his team plays a short-passing brand of soccer with maximum movement and quick tackling.

These were the factors, he disclosed, which the team exploted to vault to Soccer No. 1 spot among Universities in the United States.

He said that his team has no intention of losing a match and his players would be going all out to ensure this, however fans here may be deprived of seeing the Bisons ace goal-grabber Keith Aqui in action who the coach said is ailing from a leg-injury and might miss the series.

After their run-in against U.W.I. they tackle stiffer opposition when they confront a Boys' Town Invitational XI at the National Stadium 8 p.m. on Wednesday. Their third tilt will be with an All-Schools team at 4:15 p.m. on Friday at the Stadium and their final engagement which should be the 'hottest' of the series on Saturday against a Kingston and St. Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) team 8 p.m. at the Stadium.

The visitors were met at the Airport by KSAFA officials Mr. Locksley Comrie, secretary, Mr. Winthrope Bell, vice-president and Dr. Maurice Nelson, a former student of Howard University.

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BISON BALLERS: Members of the Bison soccer squad of Howard University who arrived in the island last Friday night to play a four-match series here. In front from left are: Desmond Alfred, Miles (trainer) Mori Diane, Stanfield Smith, Ronald Daly, Samule Tetleh and Odemichael Selassie. Crouching in the middle are Edward Holder (L) and Alvin Henderson. Back row from left are: Lincoln Phillips (coach), John Skinner (manager), Winston Yallery-Arthur, Michael Jones, Charles Pyne, Onadeke Olusegun, Juan Zenzano, Anthony Martin, Donald Simmons, Ian Bain, Keith Aqui and Steve Waldron.