ST JOHN’S, Antigua – It is hardly a week into the Antigua & Barbuda Football Association (ABFA) two-week transfer window that runs from December 1 to 14, and already a number of top players have declared their intentions of heading to what they believe to be greener pastures.
One such player is striker Kenny “Uppa Level” Morgan who has left former 13 times Premier Division champions Cool & Smooth Empire for defending champs Asot’s Arcade Parham.
The move happened just days after the president of Empire FC, Claude Laviscount, said that Morgan indicated to her that he had not been approached by any other team or club.
Morgan is expected to add some needed firepower to the Parham front-line where he will join forces with national striker and last season’s leading scorer, Kerry “Arab” Skepple.
Morgan is, however, not the only player leaving the former champs as goalkeeper Randy Nicholas and midfielder Akeem “Little Giant” Grant are headed to the young Bassa squad, while Kevorn “Dummy” Browne has left for Parham.
Another Empire player, Ocie Knight, although not featuring for the Gray’s Farm team in almost a year, is said to be heading to All Saints United, while Kareem “Blue” Bedminister will move to Parham.
Other big movers include Hoppers’ Eugene Kirwan who many first thought was headed to All Saints United but is in fact on his way to Parham, while national custodian Javid Joseph is reportedly set to leave home team Hospitality Services Sea View Farm for All Saints United.
Rumours are also indicating that Swetes’ Akeem Weekes is headed for La Bussola Willikies.
Rounding off the movers so far are Parham’s Patrick “Dock” Locker and Oakland “Tito” Lewis whom reports indicated have both sought releases from the defending champs. It is still unclear where the two are headed.
Rumours are widespread that national striker Peter “Big Pete” Byers could be joining his brother and new head coach of Sea View Farm FC, Janiel “Board” Simon, once he becomes eligible in January; but sources close to the player have denied the gossip.
More big moves are expected within the next couple of days as the transfer window, which only allows for the movement of local players, draws to its halfway mark.
A number of international transfers that had been completed before the close of the deadline date are also expected to feature for a number of the top teams in the imobile and OBSERVER Media Group Premier Division competition.