Patron of the Mayor’s Cup football tournament and Mayor of Georgetown, Hamilton Green has issued a call to the corporate community to continue rendering support to football even as he implored officials of the Ministry of Culture Youth and Sports to initiate a solid programme within the schools.
Mr. Green was delivering brief remarks at the prize giving ceremony for the respective winners of the just concluded Mayor’s Cup football championships at his City Hall Office, Regent Street, Georgetown, yesterday morning.
Representatives of the Camptown FC as well as attending officials were reminded of their important input. “You guys have lifted the profiles of the sport and I am confident that once this trend continues Guyana can emerge as a football force, whether as a team or from an individualistic perspective,” implored Mr. Green.
However, he remained adamant that the Ministry of Culture Youth and Sport must play a pivotal role in the realization of such goals. “The Sports Ministry must initiate early programmes within the schools so that perspective players are given an early start,” suggested Mr. Green.
He then drew a nexus to one such programme in Miami USA where the focus is on youth development. “I have seen children that are merely five years old engaged in fierce football,” the Mayor noted.
To this extent, he suggested that the organizers consider a two tiered tournament where apart from the rivalry among the senior players, U-15 footballers could also vie for honours among themselves.
Further, Mr. Green had a word for members of the corporate community that supported the efforts of the promoters. “We thank you graciously for your input but naturally we look forward to greater contributions in the future.” He closed by urging the local players to unite in all their endeavours towards the good of the game.
Shortly after the culmination of the Mayor’s presentation, the respective winners received their prizes. Secretary of Camptown FC, Akram Sabree, collected the winning prize of one million dollars and championship trophy on behalf of his organization.
The prize money was donated by President Bharrat Jagdeo, while Body Max donated the trophy. Colin Edwards collected half a million dollars and a trophy on behalf of runners up, Fruta Conquerors. The monetary prize was donated by Body Max, while the trophy was donated by DDL.
Macorp donated the third prize of $200,000, while Namilco donated that trophy. The Guyana Beverage Company donated $100,000 for the fourth prize, while Digicel donated the trophy.
Joshua Brown was adjudged the most promising player and received one three piece suite compliments of AH&L Kissoon Ltd, while Marvin Joseph carted off a TV donated by Keishars for scoring 5 goals, the highest by any player. Nigel Codrington is the Most Valuable Player and was duly rewarded with a Jailing motorcycle for his efforts.
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