Jamaican football agent Mossiah Marshall (right) of TSA Sports Agency and Serbian scout Milan Davedon (left) watch last Sunday’s Digicel Premier League match between Tivoli Gardens and Sporting Central at the Brancourt field in Clarendon. (Photo: Llewellyn Wynter)
“He knows about the speed of Jamaican players, so he got in touch with us about the possibilities of recruiting players here,” Marshall told the Observer on Sunday during a Digicel Premier League match at Brancourt in Clarendon featuring Tivoli Gardens and Sporting Central Academy.
The other members of the TSA Sports Agency are legal officer Rickie Davis, financial officer Cammela Budram-Dawkins, business development manager Karl Wallace and technical resources manager Dwight Thelwell.
“We have been in touch with him (Davedon) over the past several months and one of our clients, Newton Sterling, got a trial in Russia through his efforts. He has also been helpful in getting two players from Harbour View (Akeem Priestley and Errol Stevens) signed in Europe recently,” Marshall said.
Priestley is currently playing with FK Mughan in the Azerbaijan Premier League, while Stevens is with FK Khimki in the Russian Premier League.
“He wanted to come and see for himself the quality here at all levels… so he arrived on Friday and will be spending about 10 days looking at players at all levels,” Marshall explained.
For his part, Serbian-based Davedon told the Observer he was impressed with the “speed and ability” of Tivoli striker Navion Boyd as well as Sporting Central defender Linval Lewis during Sunday’s encounter.
“For European, if I’m going to take somebody, he’s going to have to be very fast with good co-ordination and understanding of the game,” Davedon said.
“I liked the defender (Lewis) because he’s very aggressive on the ball and he looked pretty strong… He could be a much better player, but Boyd looked very tricky and dangerous when playing one-on-one and he could be even more deadly in a good team,” the Serbian added.
Marshall indicated that Davedon, though based in Serbia, works with clubs all across Europe and South America.
“Right throughout Europe he can get players placed, depending on what they bring to the table and what the country is interested in. There are contacts right throughout Europe,” added Marshall, who also holds a Level Two coaching certificate from Global Soccer Ministries.