GFA to open season with Cellink Premier League double-header
Alpha United face Western Tigers, Camptown play Flamingo
By Franklin Wilson
The 2009 Georgetown Football Association (GFA) season will officially kick off this evening at the Tucville Community centre ground with the kicking off of the Cellink Premier League.
Prior to what is anticipated to be two exciting matches, there will be the march past of all affiliated clubs and the official opening ceremony where a number of top executives of the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company and other GFA sponsors will make brief remarks.
Fans could not have asked for a better opening day double header. Defending Premier League (PL) champs Alpha ‘The Hammer’ United and runner-up Sunburst Camptown will welcome the new kids on the bloc, BK International Western Tigers and Flamingo to the big league.
Western Tigers won the Banks Beer division-one tournament and Flamingo paced second, both clubs earning promotion to the PL ranks.
They are not expected to be treated with any level of good hospitality since both Alpha and Camptown will be aiming to take full points from their opponents.
Alpha has not been the potent unit that won the last competition and has been enduring some torrid times since the exit of head coach, Wayne ‘Wiggy’ Dover who is now plying his trade in the Twin Island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
Even with the presence of a number of senior national players, Alpha has not been able to put away the opposition with any degree of ease. In their last competitive game in the Mackeson/Digicel Sweet 16 tournament on Saturday they had to pull out all the stops to turn back the challenge of Victoria Kings via penalty kicks.
Coming up against Western Tigers who lost to Pele in the same competition on the same night 1-0, will be no easy task. The Tigers, back in the big league after one year will seek to prove that this is where they belong making this match up a potentially mouth watering battle.
A number of players who competed in the T&T Pro League last season will be making their appearance for the defending champs in Charles Pollard, Howard Lowe, Shawn Johnson (GK) and Jamaican midfielder Anthony Bennett who will team up with the likes of Leon Grumble, Kelvin McKenzie, Ronson Williams, Anthony Harding, Elton Brown, Abassi McPherson, Gordon Henry, Philbert Moffatt and Quincy Madramootoo among others.
Western will depend on their captain and central defender Delon Fraser, striker Devon Millington, Steffon Hope, Sherman David, Colin Nelson, Kerry Gordon Peter Miggins and Ron Liverpool in their bid to reign in the defending champs.
The opening game is also expected to be keen with Camptown who missed out on lifting the championship trophy on goal difference opposing debutants, Flamingo.
This higher level of play will not be easy for Flamingo but they will have to prove that they are worthy to compete among the bigger boys failing which they will
have to return from whence they came.
Camptown, on a consistent path of success in 2009 will be aiming to build on that under inspirational head coach Troy Mendonca and his assistant, Sampson Gilbert.
Their most experienced duo, Captain Orlando Gilgeous and Troy Prescod will again be leading the younger brigade, among them, Telson McKinnon, Reshawn Sandiford, Kwame La Fleur, Anthony Belfield and custodian Richie Richards.
The other teams in the PL are all potent competitors and intriguing battles can be expected from the likes of Pele, Fruta Conquerors, Guyana Defense Force and Georgetown Football Club.