THE sombre atmosphere, when laying to rest the body of Reggae Girl, Tarania ‘Plum Plum’ Clarke, was replaced by loud bangs of gunshots and the unmistakable stench of fear from mourners who were hindered from doing just that last Sunday.What started as a day celebrating the life of Clarke, where she was described as a born leader at the Excelsior High School Auditorium in Kingston, Jamaica, ended with confusion and pain at the Meadowrest Memorial Gardens in St Catherine.Reports are that on Sunday, there was an altercation during the burial that resulted in the stabbing of an employee at Meadowrest.It is alleged that gunmen from the nearby community, hearing of the injury to one of their own, broke up the proceedings by firing gunshots into the proceedings.It is unknown if anybody was shot in the incident as the police are yet to release a report on the incident as investigations continue.The October 31 death shocked the footballing community in Jamaica, with reports surfacing that the 20-year-old was stabbed during a fight with a friend over a cell phone in Half-Way Tree.During the memorial service inside the auditorium, Reggae Girl, Khadija Shaw, asked that Clarke be remembered for being funny, caring and hard working.“She would have wanted to be with us all, to be here with our happiest smile of our times together,” said Shaw.“For the memories, I have with her I can tell you she was a strong person. Plum Plum’s presence will be missed by all, but she will never be forgotten.”Clarke captained the Waterhouse women’s team for four title-winning seasons, earning a Reggae Girlz debut on September 30 during the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifiers and even scored her first international goal against Cuba, during a 21-1 drubbing. The defender also scored against St Lucia when the Reggae Girlz beat them 11-0.President of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFA), Michael Ricketts, said the loss of life was caused by a lack of understanding.“It is so sad and painful to have lost someone with such a future,” Ricketts said.“From her days at primary school, she has exhibited that ability to lead. I want to use this opportunity to ask all of you that we show love. We need to go back to the days when we respected and showed love to our friends. One single act of indiscretion has cost the community, the school, and certainly Jamaica, (someone) with such great talent.”
The finals of the inaugural NFF/Zenith Bank Future Eagles Championship will hold in Lagos by early next month.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The North Central zonal finals of the inaugural edition of the NFF/Zenith Bank Future Eagles Championship will begin at the FIFA Goal Project, National Stadium Complex, Abuja thursday.Coordinator of the zone and NFF Executive Committee member, Alhaji Yusuf Ahmed Fresh, said yesterday that representative teams from the seven different states in the zone had arrived in the Federal Capital Territory and screening had commenced. The first matches in the one –week competition would take place on Thursday morning.The competition, which is for U-13 and U-15 categories, will see Niger, Plateau, Nasarawa, Kwara, Benue and Kogi states and the Federal Capital Territory slug it out for supremacy.