Words by Eddie STATS Houghton
Former Jamaican footballer Alan Cole, better known as Skill or Skilly, was honored by the Jamaican Football Federation last week on the occasion of FIFA president Joseph Sepp Blatter’s visit to the island. Now a coach for West Kingston’s Seba United, Cole was the youngest player to ever represent Jamaica at the national level at the tender of age 16. He subsequently left the island, playing professionally for the top Brazilian club Nautico ca. 1972, but returned to lead the Jamaican Santos team in the mid-sevenites. Many football fans consider this period to be the best run of his career, peaking when he lead Santos to defeat Brazilian football hero Pele and the New York Cosmos at Jamaica’s National Stadium in 1975.