Joseph: Premier survival tops Fort Road’s agenda

29 August, 2012, St. John’s, Antigua — Head coach Steven Joseph of Virgin Holidays Harold Lovell Rockersville Fort Road said his team’s first objective this season is Premier Division survival.

Speaking with OBSERVER Sports Tuesday, the instructor of six years’ experience said that his team’s first opportunity in Antigua & Barbuda Football Association’s (ABFA) Premier Division will not be easy, but at the same time, they will not be an easy walkover.

“Our first objective is Premiership survival. We are going to look for certain amount of points in the first round after which we will re-evaluate for the second round,” Joseph said.

He noted that if there is any realistic chance of finishing in the top three “they will go for it, but if not they will aim for survival.”

Joseph said he has a core of 31 players and judging from the starting eleven, which he considers ‘young and full of energy,’ there are seven players from Fort Road that took the team to the top flight.

The combination of Kareem Michael, Zakeem Michael, and goalkeepers Zeon Armstrong and Chevaughn Williams who are strong national team contenders, combined with playmakers Terrel Richards, Theon King, Alren Lewis and the nippy Akeem Michael will be a force.

The Fort Road team has been in existence for 32 years now playing a number of years in Second Division and a few years in First Division until last year.

The head coach said there cannot be enough gratitude to MP Harold Lovell for what he has done for the team.

He also singled out Manager Cliff Williams for his dedication and commitment along with his hard work and Captain Javier Chastanet who is really an inspiration to the team.

Joseph recently became an international Olympic coach based on his attainment of seven fives, a four and two three grades with an overall average of 4.68 out of five in Budapest, Hungry during a three and a half month-long football coaching course from march to June this year which dealt with all aspects of the game.

Joseph has so far coached CPTSA male and female teams, Lady Masters, Christ the King, West Ham, and now, Fort Road.

He has also expressed thanks to the Fort Road community for supporting the team over the years.