Thursday 9 April, 2020

From the BFA dug outs: A minute with Tajio James

After their Premiership title in 2016, the University of the West Indies (UWI) have been consistent contenders in all competitions.

Reaching the Champions Cup semifinals twice, finishing with  the league’s top four and most recently finishing fourth the inaugural Capelli Sport Super Cup.

However, 2020 has seen a mass exodus from the Cave Hill training ground and as a result the coaching team has turned to youth to maintain the high standards of the Blackbirds but more importantly soar to new heights.

One of the key young players in the University’s transformation is Christ Church Foundation fifth former, Tajio James.


Name: Tajio James

Age: 16

Club: UWI Blackbirds

Nickname(s): Taj, TJ

Favourite Player: Neymar

Favourite Club: Manchester United

National Selection(s): U15, U17

Role models/mentors: Thierry Gale, Renaldo Gilkes, Mario Harte, Fernando Best

Why do you play football: I play football because of my love and passion fot the sport and when I’m on the pitch it makes me feel free and helps me forget about everything else.  My mind is just on football and helping my tea win.

Life’s philosophy: People have always said to me that I am too small and I won’t be able to play “big man” football.

I always believe that I can achieve anything I want in life and in football once I put my mind, heart and time into it.

Bet you didn’t know: Even though I am known as a forward or attacking midfielder, I can play center back really well.

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