Lebert Halliman will be the Manning Cup football head coach at Kingston Technical High School (KTHS) next season. “Yes, this is definitely so,” Halliman confirmed to The Gleaner. “I will be taking over the reins as football coach at Kingston Technical High School as next year is their big anniversary celebration and I am hoping I can give them a gift for that,” he added. Halliman was asked why he never coached his alma mater this season. “At Excelsior (High), if you are working and you resign your job, your boss would want to know why, but this was not the case. I tendered my resignation because of certain things and they have not asked any questions. “I was going through some internal difficulties there and I think they really wanted me to go, so not hearing from them, I had to make my own decision,” explained Halliman, who is ‘ready’ to start working at KTHS. “It is a challenge,” he said. “They (KTHS) have a rich tradition in sports, but in the last 20 years they have not been doing so well, and I think it will be a challenge for me as there is a lot of inner-city youth, male and female, who need help and I think I can contribute in that area and also ensure that Kingston Technical can assist me in that area,” he continued. Halliman was asked about his immediate goals. “I have seen the team play and there is talent there, but at the same time, there is a lot of indiscipline among the players and I think they need to get organised and have that sense of wanting to represent the school. I do not think they know about the history of the school, and this is why they behave like that,” said Halliman. The coach said he had been in discussions about the job for some time. “It has been a long journey, as we have been in discussions for the past few months, and the alumni and the Kingston Technical family really wanted me to return. So I think you should take the opportunity where people want you to come and support them,” he reasoned. “If you plan to work hard and you are getting the support, your job will become easy. It was the same thing at Excelsior, they were nowhere around, as they were at the foot of the table. And in the 12 years I have served them they have done well, as we won our zone, won Manning and Walker Cup along with Colts Under-16 more than once, and it is just to take on a new challenge and work,” he said. Asked if he had any regrets leaving Excelsior, Halliman said: “Every past student wants to contribute to their old school and I think I have done enough there, but the way I left it was not the fitting way. But that is now water under the bridge.”
With two teams qualifying from the group, four-time world champions Italy are flying high with a maximum 18 points with four qualifying games to play, nine points ahead of third-placed Armenia despite their thrilling 4-2 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina earlier on Sunday.They could now secure qualification for the tournament, which kicks off in Rome next June, against Greece or Liechtenstein — who surprisingly drew in Athens — next month.“The match against Greece could be the one that secures qualification and we hope the Stadio Olimpico will be as full as during the 1990 World Cup when we were young,” said Italy coach Roberto Mancini.Former Italy international Mancini took over last year after the Azzurri’s failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.“There was a bit of suffering, but we dominated the game,” he added.“The lads did very well overall, although we had a few scares when it was 1-1.“But there were so many things that I liked, dominating away from home every time is very positive and even the substitutes did very well, having more players to choose I think is fundamental.“Our nature is to always attack, you could see that tonight, giving very little to our rivals.”Finland — bidding to qualify for the European Championship for the first time — have lost both their matches to the Italians after also falling 2-0 in Udine last March.– ‘Feeling the pressure’ –The Italians had the best of the first half, dominating possession against the Finns who have won four matches out of six.Finland goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky did well to deny a Stefano Sensi volley with Immobile getting his head to a Federico Chiesa cross but sending it wide.Sensi again missed a chance to give Italy the advantage just before the break with Hradecky blocking a Chiesa effort.Pukki threatened after the break but Italy’s pressure paid off in the 59th minute, with Chiesa racing down the right to set up Immobile who nodded in his first international goal in two years.“I was feeling the pressure of not scoring with this jersey,” said Lazio striker Immobile whose last international goal was in a World Cup qualifier against Israel in September 2017.Finland forward Teemo Pukki (C) celebrates after scoring the 1-1 equaliser against Italy © Lehtikuva/AFP / Markku Ulander“But I knew the time would come. Tonight wasn’t easy, but we did well. We are happy, we are starting again after the disappointment of missing out on the World Cup.”Italy looked to have thrown away the win when Sensi tripped dangerman Pukki in the box, with the striker easily beating Gianluigi Donnarumma from the spot to score his fifth of the qualifying campaign.However seven minutes later Italy were ahead again, with another penalty taken by Jorginho, after being fouled by Robin Lod.The Brazil-born midfielder netted the winner to ensure all three points with just his second Italy goal, one that has all but booked his team’s place at the Euros.Italy next play Greece on October 12 in Rome.0Shares0000(Visited 29 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Finland’s goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky fails to stop the penalty by Italy’s Jorginho (not in picture) © Lehtikuva/AFP / Markku UlanderTAMPERE, Finland, Sep 9 – Jorginho fired Italy to within touching distance of Euro 2020 with a spot-kick winner that beat nearest rivals Finland 2-1 on Sunday and maintained his side’s perfect qualifying record.Chelsea midfielder Jorginho’s 79th-minute penalty in Tampere made it six wins from six for Roberto Mancini’s side and sent them six points clear of the second-placed Finns in Group J, after in-form Norwich City striker Teemu Pukki had levelled Ciro Immobile’s headed opener with a penalty of his own six minutes before.