WESTERN BUREAU: Facing what is likely to be the most serious challenge to his presidency of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), Captain Horace Burrell is refusing to respond to comments made by Montego Bay businessman Orville Powell, who is seeking to boot him from the sport’s top position locally, until nomination closes next week Thursday. Powell announced that he is making himself available for the presidency of the JFF at a press conference on Tuesday, slamming the Captain Burrell-led administration for presiding over a period of rapid decline for the country’s football. However, Burrell told The Gleaner yesterday he has nothing to say on the list of issues laid out by Powell. “He has to first be nominated by four parish associations, so until he is nominated, it makes very little sense in making a comment at this time,” Burrell said. “Mr Powell has made himself available and there is a process where he will have to receive the support of at least four associations,” Burrell reiterated. “When he (Powell) becomes a credible candidate, then I will issue a statement, but at this time, he is not a candidate. I will do so after nominations,” stated Burrell. Gauging his support and weighing his words, Powell said on Tuesday the feedback he has been getting suggests that his candidacy is just a matter of formality. “Let me put it this way; discussions are ongoing and I am confident as can be. All we have to do now is to wait until such time when we will know what we will know,” he said. “As it is now, it’s highly possible I will get the required amount for nomination. Discussions have been good and the support I am already feeling is a positive one,” Powell added. According to a source, who requested anonymity, Powell, who also owns Montego Bay United Football Club – which won the Red Stripe Premier League two seasons ago and were runners-up last season – should get the required nomination from neighbouring parishes Westmoreland, Hanover and his resident parish, St James, while Trelawny’s stance is less certain. Powell is a former JFF vice-president and chairman of the JFF Western Confederation.
Harry Kane believes Tottenham must build on the momentum they gained over the Christmas period if they are to cement their place in the Premier League’s top four.Spurs stunned Chelsea 5-3 on New Year’s Day, with Kane scoring twice, and the 21-year-old admitted his breakthrough season at White Hart Lane has gone beyond his own expectations.He said: “We’re up there in the league. We didn’t have the start we would have liked but we’ve done well as a team recently.“We had a great Christmas period and some great results, got some momentum and pushed up the league.“We’ve got to build on that if we want to be where we want to be. Every game is tough in the Premier League, and we’ve got be aware of that, perform well and get as many wins as possible. “There are a lot of teams going for it [the top four] and we’re one of them. I feel like if we put a good run of results together then it can be us.”Kane has scored 17 goals in all competitions this term and has become a huge crowd favourite in the blue and white half of north London.He added: “It’s gone past what I expected at the start of the season, but I’ve always been confident in my ability. I’ve played a lot of games and I feel like, if I’m playing games, I’m going to get on the score sheet.“I’ve been able to do that this season which has been great for me and hopefully it’s something I can continue.”That form has prompted speculation Kane could be called up by England for the games against Lithuania and Italy in March, but the Chingford-born starlet is not getting carried away at the prospect of international recognition.“It would mean the world to me”, he added. “It’s something I dreamt about and, for any footballer, playing for their country is what they want to do.“I’ve got to keep up my form up if I want to have a shout for that and hopefully I can, but obviously there’s still a long way to go.”