Kaemmar Daley thrilled with Star Balla award

June 12th, 2011

A lot of people thought he would have won the Most Valubale Player award for the Digicel Premier League, but that accolade went to Reno’s Craig Foster. However, Kaemmar Daley got his redemption after being named Red Stripe Star Balla for the Flow Champions Cup All-Island Knock-out tournament.

The Tivoli Gardens creative midfielder was a shining star as his team captured the KO crown with some sterling performances.

Daley was voted Flow Man of the Match on two occasions during the season and walked away with $300,000 for his efforts.

But the diminutive and deceptive player was not in Jamaica to accept his award as he is on national duties at the CONCACAF Gold Cup being staged in the United States.

Safia Cooper, Red Stripe’s brand manager, congratulated Daley on achieving the award. “Tivoli Gardens had a stand-out season this year and Keammar’s bold moves throughout the season helped his team claim the Flow Champions Cup title.”

Daley, who came on a substitute in both of Jamaica’s victories in the Gold Cup and provided the ‘killer pass’ for Demar Phillips to open the scoring against Guatemala, is ecstatic about the award.

“It’s a good feeling, it’s a nice opportunity because throughout the season it has been up and down. I have been injured for some time in the season and I came back to help the team win the League and the KO, so I’m really thankful,” he told the Sunday Observer.

“I definitely have to give credit to my family, my friends, also my teammates and the well-wishers of Tivoli Gardens football team and a few other individuals surrounding us,” said Daley.

Daley spent a part of the season on the sidelines through injury and was grateful to be back playing and helped his team capture two titles.

“… It wasn’t easy; it was a difficult time for any player to be out for that long and to come back and still have the confidence and the motivation to steer the club to a championship,” he pointed out.

“It was well-deserving. I know I’ve worked hard for it and I’ve always wanted to win those kinds of awards, every player hopes to get that, but it’s just one player that can win it, so I’m grateful,” he noted.

Daley, a former star Manning Cup player at Jamaica College, was a member of the 2007 Pan American Games team which won the silver medal. He scored four goals at that tournament.


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