By Franklin Wilson
Five-time champions Bakewell Topp XX will lock horns against fellow Linden side Rusal in the feature match on day one of the 19th Kashif and Shanghai (K&S) football tournament which kicks off on Sunday December 14 at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground, Linden.
Linden / Georgetown rivalry will set the tone for the competition when Milerock, who have won the tournament twice including the first year back in 1990/91, match skills with Pele, who while being a leading side have never won this prestigious tournament.
The fixtures were released last evening at the Water Chris International Hotel where a team briefing was also held with representatives of fourteen of the fifteen local teams present.
The second day of competition is set for the Plaisance Community Centre ground on the East Coast of Demerara where Lethem, sponsored by the Ministry of Culture Youth and Sport, meet two-time champions Fruta Conquerors in the first match with the main event between Mahaica Determinators and the lone overseas team, Trinidad and Tobago’s Super League side, K Brans Sports Club.
At last evening’s activity, representatives of all the teams and the organisers went through the tournament rules in an interactive session.
Each team would be allowed four (4) loan players, the previous term used was guest players but that has since been changed.
December 6 is the deadline for clubs to submit their player registration forms failing which they would
be fined. Each team can register a maximum of 22 players including the loan players.
The organisers have taken the decision to make invitations available for the parents of all current national players (mother & father) to attend all tournament matches.
Additionally, all under-15 players registered with clubs nationwide will be given passes to attend matches scheduled for the National Stadium but they must wear their club uniforms.
On the opening day, teams will be required to send 12 registered players for the ceremonial march past. The organisers will take care of all transportation.
Apart from the cash prizes for the top four teams, the MVP, best goalkeeper, defence, midfield, striker, highest goal scorer and the fair play team will all be rewarded tangibly, trophies and other valuables.
Following is the group of sixteen fixtures.
Sunday Dec. 14 – MSC ground
Milerock v Pele 18:30hrs
Bakewell Topp XX v Rusal 20:30hrs
Wednesday Dec. 17 – Plaisance ground
Lethem v Fruta Conquerors 18:30hrs
Mahaica v K Brans (T&T) 20:30hrs
Friday Dec. 19 – Tucville ground
BK Int. Western Tigers v Blue Berry Hill 8:30hrs
Sunburst Camptown v Eagles United 20:30hrs
Sunday Dec. 21 – Buxton ground
Alpha United v Cougars 18:30hrs
GDF v Bakewell Buxton Stars 20:30hrs
Two quarter-finals on Christmas Day (December 25) will be played at the National Stadium, Providence with the other two set for the MSC ground on Boxing Day (December 26).
Both semi-finals will be at the MSC ground on Sunday December 28th with the grand finale and third place games for the first time in the 19 year history of tournament being played outside the Bauxite Mining Town. It is set for the Stadium.
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