By Franklin Wilson
Suriname club Champions Inter Moengotapoe hammered Guyana’s number one Alpha United 3-0 to win the 3rd edition of the Inter Guiana Club Championship which ended on Sunday evening at the GCC Ground, Bourda.
On a dismal evening for local football, the Guyana Defence Force were beaten by French Guiana’s number one team Gelder de Kourou 1-0, the latter ending the competition in third place relegating the GDF to the bottom of the table.
Both local clubs looked a shadow of their best as the visiting teams controlled and dictated the action on the pitch. Alpha, who many were hoping would have won the championship to maintain the tradition of the home clubs winning, never looked as if they interested in winning and looked very ordinary against the rampant Inter Moengotapoe unit.
Maasie Amaktie fired in a double (39&55) for the Surinamese with the other coming off the boot of Dima Steven in the 84th minute.
The home team’s defence never looked up to it with Captain Howard Lowe failing to motivate his colleagues to step it up, even the goalkeeping of Ronson Williams was very ordinary on the night.
The second goal was as a result of poor judgment on the part of Williams who walked out of the box with the ball in hands before laying off to his teammate. The subsequent free kick awarded was drilled past the Alpha wall and Williams by Amaktie in the 55th minute.
Alpha’s strike force of Anthony Abrams, Dwight Peters and midfielder Dwain Jacobs were never allowed to get into a groove as the robust Surinamese dictated and imposed themselves with solid defensive and efficient offensive plays.
Spectators and patrons left the GCC Ground very dejected and disappointed with the performance of both Guyanese teams.
The Guyana Defence Force started against Gelder in optimistic mood but 15 minutes into the game they faded away. The energy displayed against Alpha who they drew with 2-2 after trailing 2-0 was never displayed even though neither of the teams were playing in the afternoon sun.
Gelder, who went into the game on a single point were never fazed by the local side and knew what they had to do as they took the fight to the retreating Soldiers.
Even though the French Guiana side scored the winner in the 61st minute compliments of a Orpheo Nalie effort, they were in total control of proceedings.
At the presentation ceremony, Guyana Football Federation President Colin Klass, while complimenting all the teams for participating and the respective Federations for the efforts they made in making the championship a success, did not hide his disappointment at the performance of the local sides.
Klass described the performance of Alpha and the GDF as nothing short of a “disaster and disgrace”.
The respective teams received certificates of participation while the Federations were presented with plaques. Trophies were handed over to the teams along with gold, silver and bronze medals to the first, second and third place finishers. Inter Moengotapoe also received US$1,500 form Klass for winning the championship which will now be contested in Franch Guiana in 2011.
The respective Presidents of the French Guiana, Suriname and Guyana Federations will meet later this year in Suriname to plan the way forward for next year’s competition.
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