Western Bureau: Standout defender Alburn Facey has given up on any realistic hopes of donning the Reggae Boyz jersey and has cited the scarcity of true earning potential for young footballers, as one reason he thinks many of his peers will turn their backs on the beautiful game. At just 24, Facey, became one the most respected players within the Reno FC squad for five years, rising through the ranks to also captain the team before walking away to represent his boyhood club, Downs FC, in St Elizabeth. “My hopes of playing for the national team have died,” said Facey. “I realise this when I look at the lack of endeavour from those who pick the squad to look the way of young players,” he said. “Not being paid what you think you deserve based on your quality, in what is said to be the best league in the country, is a big turn off for me and also for many other players,” Facey stated. The former Manchester High School daCosta Cup team captain is questioning the structure of the game as laid out by the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), and how clubs organise funds to pay players. He said too many young, gifted football players have given up on the game because they cannot make a living from it and that the JFF is not taking these factors into account. “What do they (the clubs and the JFF) expect us to do? Many of us have our little families that depend on us. The clubs cannot pay, or they pay minimum, and you are not even likely to expand your horizons by playing in the national team so you can have an opportunity to be seen by international scouts,” the Downs FC defender stated. “I was refused the opportunity to go play in Antigua and earn for my young family by my former club. I recently got my first child. I need to earn, plus the national team, it seems, will never happen, so I decided, at least to give my time to a cause that suits me. “I am from Downs, so I returned to help them push towards the premier league, where, maybe, some other young player can get the chance it seems I will never get,” Facey said.
Eimear Rodden from Creeslough writes: This is a photo of me and my brother Declan celebrating st paddys day in Sydney. With us are Declan’s children ( l-r) Max, Angus and Cian. We’re the Roddens from Creeslough, and we want to say ‘hello’ to all at home! Happy St Patrick’s DayHAPPY St Patrick’s Day to all our readers across the globe.No matter where you are, you can send your pictures to [email protected] we start today with a picture from a Creeslough family Down Under where a day of festivities is almost over. Keep the pix coming….Lily McGonagle’s frozen shamrock! It may be sunny Down Under, but near Burnfoot, it’s freeeeezzzzinnnng!Burtonport brother and sister Mickey and Fiona Sweeney enjoying the St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Perth this morning. On parade in sunny Dunfanaghy: Pic Fred Aicken for donegaldaily.comErin McLaughlin age 4 at Manchester parade and cousin Rory Kennedy with his Donegal kit on Freya Bonner from keadue! On parade in Letterkenny! There was a huge crowd in Letterkenny for today’s parade Now that’s the best hat on parade in LK These two fellas did share all those sweets with the Letterkenny crowds! We saw them! Pope Francis makes a shock appearance in Glencolmcille! Pic Roseann EllisThere was a large turn-out in Killybegs today On parade in Bundoran St Francis national school Barnesmore winners of the school competition in donegal town. Joseph Bond from Letterkenny Rugby Club enjoying the parade today! ST PATRICK’S DAY IN PICTURES – SEND US YOUR BEST SNAPS! was last modified: March 17th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ST PATRICK’S DAY IN PICTURES – SEND US YOUR BEST SNAPS!