Cricket association commits to assisting football officials

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At least one sporting association has offered assistance to two football officials under house arrest in Jamaica, after the men were charged in connection with a quantity of marijuana found in one of the equipment bags.
President of the Antigua and Barbuda Cricket Association (ABCA), Leon Rodney, made the announcement on Monday while speaking on the Good Morning Jojo Sports Show.
“Let me just take this opportunity on behalf of the Antigua and Barbuda Cricket Association to make a commitment towards contributions to Danny and Derrick ‘Pretty Boy’ Edwards,” he said. 
Assistant coach of the Antigua and Barbuda senior national football team and a former national cricketer and footballer, Derrick “Pretty Boy” Edwards, along with the team’s equipment manager and also a former cricket and football player, Danny Benjamin, were detained and charged in late March when almost four pounds of the illegal drug were found in one of the bags with some of the team’s equipment.
The team was preparing to leave Jamaica via the Norman Manley Airport following a FIFA International friendly against the Jamaica Reggae Boyz.
They are jointly charged with possession of ganja, taking steps preparatory to export ganja and conspiracy. 
According to Rodney, the cricket association decided to come forward given the contribution made by both gentlemen to sports in general.
“Given the situation that they have found themselves in, and I am sure that all of us are seriously convinced that these guys have no clue about what happened Derrick Edwards, I am sure you are aware he would have represented Antigua and Barbuda at cricket and Danny obviously played for All Saints [cricket team] for a while and played as far as trials, [for the national team] so we have made a decision to come on board and make a reasonable contribution,” Rodney said. 
The Antigua and Barbuda Football Association (ABFA), in a recent press statement, renewed its commitment to the officials, adding that it will continue to support both men and their legal defense financially.
They are scheduled to return to court on May 4. 

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