Former Parham FC defender, Kimarley “Skitta” McDonald is having a hard time coming to grips with the loss of his former coach and friend Rolston “Debu” Williams. Williams, 55, was the National Technical Director of the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association and Technical Director of Parham FC passed away this week at the Mount St. John’s Medical Centre after a brief illness. McDonald, a Jamaican national who is regarded as one of the best imports to play in the ABFA Premier League, described Williams as a very good coach who was passionate and had the ability to motivate and get the best out of players who were average.
“If any player [who] was exposed to Debu did not learn anything and become a better player, it meant they were stubborn and did not want to learn,” McDonald said. Skitta, who won several championships under the guidance of Debu, said his former coach was the driving force behind football in Parham and added that his absence leaves a hole that will be hard to fill. McDonald played professionally in Jamaica before being recruited by Parham FC where he displayed his skills leading the defense.
“When I started playing music and was out late at nights before games, Debu would leave his home and appear at the location encouraging me to get my rest,” Skitta said with a smile, “but later on coach realised it was part of my living and showed more understanding.” In addition to being a national footballer himself, Debu became coach of the Antigua and Barbuda National Football team in 2004. He also worked with Antigua and Barbuda Women’s National Football team and the U20 and U17 teams. In November 2012 he again became of the head coach of the Antigua and Barbuda team.