High Octane excitement anticipated with the city’s best on show
By Franklin Wilson
The inaugural BK International Western Tigers Super-8 knock-out football tournament is finally expected to get cracking on Sunday at the GFC Ground with two exciting double headers.
The tournament which was originally scheduled for last November had to be re-scheduled for this month due to the inclement weather then.
Given the fact that it is now coming on the heels of the just concluded 21st Kashif & Shanghai tournament might very well be a blessing in disguise with all the competing teams still in good form following their participation in Guyana’s premier knock-out competition.
Club President and Attorney-at-Law Gordon Gilhuys in briefing the media at his Hadfield Street Office, stated that he is excited at hosting such a tournament for the club that will realize much need funds to continue the development of players on and off the field.
“We are aiming to host this fund raising tournament in November of each year and at the same time we are also working towards visiting Suriname in June for a goodwill series against the top two clubs from that neighbouring country, the Suriname FA will decide on the clubs.”
The best clubs in the city and Guyana will face off in what is anticipated to be a very exciting four days of competition.
Alpha ‘The Hammer’ United, fresh off their triumph in the K&S tournament will no doubt be aiming to prove that they are not only the undisputed kings of League football, but also the shorter version of the game when they come up against Riddim Squad in the feature game on Sunday at the GFC.
Riddim Squad, one of two teams that have graduated to the Premier League ranks in the city, the other being Santos, will be seeking to redeem themselves and win back the confidence of their supporters and fans having been booted from the K&S in their first game against Bartica’s Liquid Gold on penalty kicks.
Afforded the opportunity to set a positive tone for the tournament which has at stake a top prize of $500,000 are Sunburst Camptown and the Guyana Defence Force.
Camptown took the 3rd place prize at K&S defeating Bakewell Topp XX who had spoiled the forward thrust of the GDF at the quarterfinal stage of the K&S.
Apart from the top cash prize and trophy, the losing finalist will receive $200,000; third place $100,000 and fourth $50,000.
The final two quarterfinals matches will be contested on Friday January 21st; Pele will match skills again with Santos, the former defeating the latter 2-0 in the K&S semifinals so the two certainly have a score to settle with the winner moving on to the semifinals.
Host club Western Tigers will play the final quarterfinal match which is the main attraction on the 21st and they will come up against Fruta Conquerors.
The Tigers fell to Camptown at the quarterfinal stage in the K&S while Conquerors walked the plank at the group-of-16 stage at the hands of Pele.
The teams all have scores to settle and this tournament allows all, the platform to answer their critics one way or another.
Die hard fans and supporters are expected to be out in their numbers to enjoy some more exhilarating football at the Mecca of football in the city, GFC.
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