Sylvester squares up against his former club Lansdowne

By Ralph 'Onz' Chery

Cedar Stars Academy midfielder Sikele Sylvester.

 

By Ralph "Onz" Chery |@onz_11

March 24th, 2018

 

Cedar Stars Academy midfielder Sikele Sylvester will go against his ex-team Lansdowne Bhoys in a top-of-the-table clash on Sunday at 9:00 p.m. at Montclair State University.

Sylvester played for the Bhoys from 2013 to 2017 and won eight trophies with them.

“Those are my teammates for four years in that league and that’s the only team I played for, you know” Sylvester said. “They’re like family to me. It will be a good game going against them.”

 

Sikele Sylvester in his days with Lansdowne Bhoys.

 

One of the 30-year-old’s closest teammate during his time with Lansdowne was his countrymate Ovan Oakley. Silvester expressed how he feels before playing against Oakley.

“It’s a joy to be able to play against old friends,” the midfielder said. “It’s always going to be a good outcome, if he wins, I lose or if I lose, he wins. It’s going to be great playing against him because he’s a good player.”

 

Ovan Oakley [right] and Sikele Sylvester [left] posing for a pitcure between Gladstone Byfield after winning the 2015 CSL trophy.

 

Sylvester opened up about the reason why he left the Irish club.

“It’s nothing bad, there’s no issue with the coach or anything,” he said. “It’s just that I wanted to play for Cedar Stars to see how it goes in that team. It was time for a change, it’s not nothing personal.”

Sylvester netted two goals for the Stars in the club’s 10 league-games this season. The Jamaican played against Lansdowne when his side met them on Sept. 30th, 2017. The Bhoys got the best out of CSA, conquering  them 2-1.

Sylvester is eager to bag an avenging win against the three-time CSL champions on Sunday.

“We talk a lot. My [Lansdowne] friends they be talking [smack]. If I beat them it will give me a chance to talk [smack] back because they beat me the first game.”

When asked if he knows what it takes to beat the amateur champions after a four-year spell with them Sylvester said: “I do but at the end of the day they’re all great players to me and they have good chemistry. It will be tough going against them.”

Cedar Stars is on a six-game winning run, in which they haven’t conceded a goal in their last five matches. The last team Cedar lost to in the league was Lansdowne.

Meanwhile the Bhoys tied their last game to the last placed team Zum Schneider F.C.

“That gives me a lot of confidence because they tied against a team that’s in last place,” Sylvester said about the Bhoys’ result against Zum. “Maybe they’re not fully fit and it’s snowed the last time I guess they haven’t been training. It gives me more confidence going up against them this time.”

The Jamaican midfielder was on the scoresheet in his last game for Cedar against Central Park Rangers Whites in a 3-0 win. Sylvester said he won’t be celebrating if he scores against his old club.

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