Roma United Football Club used to be a team of older players who often ran out of steam and lost in the final minutes of matches, but a recent change of policy has seen more youngsters like teenager Antony Bush drafted into the first team which has improved the side’s balance considerably.
This is the first season with Roma for the 18-year-old Caymanian who grew up in Jamaica.
He played in left midfield in the 0-0 draw with George Town at the TE McField Annex on Sunday and his contribution belied his age.
Bush showed immense composure, passing ability, defended well and his play-making traits mark him as one to look out for in the future.
Bush would prefer to play in central midfield but is happy on the left side for now, learning from the likes of more experienced teammates Gawayne “Gunz” Speed and Steve Dunkley.
A footballer since his primary school years, Bush feels he has already gained a lot of exposure from playing here and in Jamaica.
He loves the sport because of “the joy of knowing that you’re able to play such a wonderful sport and the feel of winning a championship.”
Roma started steadily last season but fell off and were relegation candidates toward the end. This year, Bush hopes they will do better.
He said, “I hope to win as much titles this year as possible while enjoying ourselves and remaining as one unit.”
He hopes to one day turn out for the Cayman national team “and achieve exposure worldwide” as a pro, leaving his job as a bank teller behind. Most people enjoy seeing football upsets. Not Bush though. “To be honest, I like watching a team being demolished by a superior team.”