Gonsalves: Jamaica Investigation Nearing Conclusion

President of the ABFA, Everton Gonsalves.

The Antigua and Barbuda Football Association (ABFA) is nearing the end of its investigations into the Jamaica incident that led to the detention and eventual charging of national head coach, Derrick “Pretty Boy” Edwards, and equipment manager Danny Benjamin on marijuana possession and trafficking charges.

This is according to head of the association and former national striker, Everton “Batow” Gonsalves, who said investigations could be concluded within weeks.

“We are looking to wrap up, we have about two more interviews to conduct. The investigator is out this week but we have about two interviews and then we would be able to start collating the information from all the interviewees and get ready to give an update on that,” he said. 

In June, the two were freed on charges of possession of ganja, dealing in ganja, taking steps to export ganja and conspiracy by a Jamaica court.

The officials were freed after the prosecutor indicated that the investigators did not have sufficient evidence to prove their guilt.

Meanwhile, Gonsalves denied that the association imposed any restrictions on selection of some players, as they prepare for their opening match of the CONCACAF Nations League.

“The technical director had just submitted the team that he chose so I am not aware of that. We [executive] don’t get involved in that. We asked for a team that he thinks is the best team for this competition and we are satisfied that we have a good and strong team getting ready for the St. Lucia match on the 7th [September],” he said.

Four players who represented the senior national team in Jamaica back in March, have been left out of the preparatory squad leading into Friday’s Nations League match against St. Lucia here at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.

Defenders Akeem “Leppy” Thomas and Vashami Allen along with midfielders Eugene Kirwan and Keran “Abattoir” Richards were all left out of the training squad by the selections panel.

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