Wilkinson upset by award snub
Jomar Wilkinson is wondering why he did not win the First Division Coach of the Year after five of his Southampton Rangers players won individual awards at the Bermuda Football Association's awards last weekend.
Wilkinson's team finished top of the table and also retained the Shield as Donte Brangman was named the MVP, Rai Sampson the Young Player of the Year, Darius Cox the Defensive Player of the Year, Ajai Daniels the Goalkeeper of the Year and Jarazinho Bassett the top scorer in the division.
The only blemish for Rangers, and their coach, was in the FA Cup, where they beat St David's, but were then forced to forfeit the win after it emerged second-half substitute Najiyah Raynor was not listed on their team sheet.
An arbitrator reversed the Bermuda Football Association appeal committee's decision to schedule a replay between Rangers and St David's and awarded the controversial cup tie to the East Enders.
Wilkinson and Raynor were subsequently handed one-game suspensions over the incident.
Jensen Rogers, of Somerset Eagles, was named the First Division Coach of the Year, while Wilkinson and Brian Dickinson of Vasco were also on the shortlist.
“For me, things don't add up,” Wilkinson said. “How do all my players get all the special awards, but I didn't get Coach of the Year?
“It puzzles me how that happened. Everything there was to win in the First Division we won it. We won the Shield, got promoted, came first and beat the team [Somerset Eagles] that came second and was [previously] undefeated. I've spoken to other coaches in this league who told me they voted for me. Obviously some of the coaches have something against me. Rightly so, I beat them all and maybe that's part of the problem.
“I don't know if somebody did something behind the scenes, but they definitely need to find a different mechanism for judging the Coach of the Year. This is not the first time this has happened to me; it's really deflating me.
“I put in a lot of hard work and to not win that award really bugs me. There is no way my players walk away with Goalkeeper of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Young Player of the Year, MVP and most goals, and the coach gets nothing.
“It has taken away my drive and passion. I love this game but this is injustice; I can't wrap my head around it.
“I put too much hard work in not to get the accolades at the end of the season, especially when we won everything.”
Robert Lee, of Paget Lions, beat Andrew Bascome, of BAA, for the First Division Coach of the Year award last season. BAA won the title on goal difference.