Carter named MVP & Best Goalie of 20th K&S Football C/ship
Impressive Awards ceremony held on GFF Lawns
BK International Western Tigers goalkeeper Derrick Carter was named the MVP of the 20th Kashif and Shanghai Football tournament which his team won for the first time in the history of the competition.
Carter, who was only beaten once in four matches, was also named the competition’s Most Outstanding Goalkeeper at the awards ceremony which was held on Wednesday evening on the Lawns of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF). As MVP Carter will also receive one 125 Jailing Motor Cycle compliments of R&F Mining apart from the trophies he collected on Wednesday night.
Other individual awards which were taken by Western Tigers; Captain Dillon Fraser was named the Most Outstanding Defender, forward Dwayne Ali was rewarded for Outstanding Overall Contribution, Defender Colin Nelson took the Most Improved Player accolade, Coach Cornel Millington was named Best Coach while the team also collected the Best Defensive Team trophy for allowing a single goal.
Pele’s Gregory ‘Jackie Chan’ Richardson and Sunburst Camptown’s Telson Mc Kinnon ended as the competition’s top goal scorers with 4 each; Bakewell Topp XX’s Collie Hercules took the trophy for the most spectacular goal; The Most Outstanding Player of the tournament was Riddim’s Squad’s Sceyon Hope, his team also taking the Fair Play Team trophy while Sunburst Camptown was the Best Offensive Team scoring a total of 12 goals.
Director of the K&S Organization Kashif Muhammad delivering feature remarks and the tournament review along with Aubrey ‘Shanghai’ Major stated that this year’s tournament was a Landmark occurrence for Guyana.
“From our success in having the greatest footballer ever to walk the planet share the magnificent opening ceremony at the National Stadium, to the packed ‘house’ that witnessed a highly entertaining New Year’s Day Finals, we made history in a spectacular way. I say in all modesty that I believe that the 20th Annual Kashif and Shanghai Football Tournament lifted the game to a new level. Our wish is that all of us seize the opportunity afforded by what the tournament has accomplished.”
Muhammad pointed out that they were also pleased that the tournament provided a platform for dozens of young players to showcase their talent and it is the fervent wish of the organization that they will go on to bigger things in their careers. The respective Association’s and clubs were also encouraged to aim high and to strive for excellence.
The K&S Organization Muhammad stated is not about mediocrity but about excellence which comes at a high cost in terms of both human and financial resources.
“What continues to drive us forward is what is expected of us and I am not ashamed to tell you that each year, as December approaches, we feel the pressure associated with that fear of failure, that fear of letting the clubs, the players, the fans, the sponsors and, above all, our country down. Frankly, we no longer care much about the views of those who ‘bad mouth’ the Annual Kashif and Shanghai Football Tournament; we are far too preoccupied with living up to the high standards that we have set ourselves and meeting the expectations of the thousands of Guyanese who recognize what we continue to do for football.
We will continue to serve football for as long as we can, each year, seeking to bring new innovations to our tournament, each year, seeking to raise standards, to do our bit towards seeking international recognition for the local game. That is the commitment that we have given and we stand by that commitment.”
Muhammad also informed the gathering that they held a fruitful meeting with President Bharrat Jagdeo who has pledged his Government’s continued support towards the tournament.
GFF boss Colin Klass in his remarks challenged all to improve their knowledge, skill and discipline of the game both on and off the field.
“I trust that 2010 would see a new beginning for football in Guyana, administratively and on the field as well.”
Klass, while congratulating Western Tigers for their win also took the opportunity to compliment Banks DIH Limited for their genuine support and commitment towards the development of the sport in Guyana over the years.
“It’s not only Kashif and Shanghai but I think that Banks DIH is one of the sponsors that has continued to support sports more so football in a real way, helping us to sustain this sport. They are many sponsors that and go but I think that Banks has stayed the course and has been resolute with their commitment and I am really pleased. I trust that in 2010 they will really experience the kind of growth in the company that will enable them to continue to support sports and football throughout the length and breadth of Guyana.”
Klass challenged the teams to maintain and improve the vigor displayed for the K&S tournament for the upcoming National Super League.
“But I believe that the National League contributed in itself to the level of football at the K&S tournament but there is much more to be done in terms of our level, consistency and professionalism on and off the field. We must all unite and strive to work as a collective.”
Mortimer Stewart – Banks is very impressed with the work of K&S over the years and will remain supportive of the organization. Encouraged spectators and supporters to continue supporting their respective teams while congratulating the champions (Western Tigers) who he said have been working hard over the years and deserve the win.
Meanwhile, the latest lien trophy (made of crystal) was donated by the USA based pair of Dale Bascomb and Gordon Trotz.