Super League Football tournament launched
Three matches will herald the opening of this year’s Super League football tournament, scheduled to get underway on February 28. Rosignol United will take on Camptown at the Blairmont Community Centre Ground while Milerock and Buxton United clash at the MSC Ground, Linden. Over at the Georgetown Cricket Club ground, the Guyana Defence Force tackle Liquid Gold.
The tournament launched last year will witness a slightly different format from the round robin format played last year. Following the conclusion of the first round in May, the players return in July for the start of the second round from July-October. The team that accumulates the most points at the end of the second round would be declared the winner of the tournament.
Local organizers have revealed that much planning has been put into this year’s tournament and already all rules and regulations pertaining to the competition have been disbursed to the respective teams. Consequently, FIFA has agreed to fund the arrival of a Marketing Specialist to bolster the efforts of the local squad. That individual should arrive sometime in April and would also assist the referees association in the enhancement of their duties. It was also revealed that administrators are contemplating the transformation of the tournament to that of a professional league.
Administrator of the Super League, Kirk Douglas revealed that notwithstanding the financial input of the local football federation and the ruling football body FIFA, there is still a need for support from the government as well as the corporate community.
He said that the local and overseas committees that have been involved in planning and coordinating efforts over the past few months, convened last Wednesday to fine tune the arrangements for a successful tournament. The super league Director disclosed that in the absence of adequate sponsorship FIFA has agreed to pick up the tab.
Meanwhile, the matches in the Women’s World Cup Qualifiers get underway next Wednesday March 3 and continue up to the 7th. Guyana would be fielding a strong team that comprises local and overseas based players. The overseas based players are expected to arrive in Guyana on Sunday 28 while local players are currently undergoing rigid training sessions at the old Guyana National Service Ground, Carifesta Avenue, under the stewardship of Wayne ‘Wiggy’ Dover.
Guyana has been grouped with Suriname, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Cuba to contest for honours in the first round of the tournament. Suriname is due to arrive here on March 1, one day before the arrival of St Vincent and the Grenadines. The organizers are still awaiting a final word from Cuba pertaining to their travel arrangements. The organizers are appealing for support from corporate Guyana as well as football fans.