Buxton United $1M richer as Alpha President delivers on pre-tournament promise
The pundits had already envisaged one of the more established teams like Pele FC or Alpha FC winning the 23rd edition of the K&S Football tournament. This was not to be as the Buxton United FC rose from virtual obscurity to defeat both giants and emerge victorious when the championships concluded on January 1 last.
Prior to their sterling achievement, President of the Alpha United FC, Odinga Lumumba, had promised his team a bonus of one million dollars should they win the tournament. The Buxtonians disrupted those plans when they defeated, first Pele FC and then Alpha United FC. Lumumba was forced to make alterations to the initial plan when he diverted the gift to the eventual winners and yesterday morning he handed over the prize to the management of the Buxton United FC at a simple ceremony at the Water Shris Hotel, Waterloo Street, Georgetown.
The gift consisted of $600,000 in gears, which was previously handed over, and $400,000 in cash, which was handed over yesterday morning.
Shortly before handing over the gift to Coach Herbert McPherson, Lumumba congratulated the team while pointing out that the victory had impacted positively on the East Coast village.
Mr. McPherson expressed gratitude to his benefactor, on behalf of the club while pointing out that the gift would assist greatly in the onward development of the ball weavers.
The team is currently preparing for the continuation of the Super League which resumes on January 15 next.