Another Annual Kashif and Shanghai football extravaganza will dawn upon us and at a time when our ‘Golden Jaguars’ are at the pinnacle of creating history en route to Brazil for the FIFA World Cup; encouraging signs that unfortunately will not be savored by Essequibians who will once be denied the pleasure of witnessing some of our football heroes live in action in Essequibo.
It is indeed inconceivably disappointing that the organisers after twenty-two, from the conception of the tournament to the current super status level that they have not been sincere in spreading the gospel and thrill of the game to rural areas such as on the Essequibo Coast.
Perhaps it’s an economic factor, but I am encouraged by the numerous sponsors that unconditionally support this mega event every year, that they should have catered for the plight of starving local residents that are beyond the established boundaries of the city or Linden.
I therefore wish to reinforce our agony to the organisers and even the sponsors and to further demand that this unquestionably marvelous game which has the potential to cross the barriers of race, religion or culture be spread throughout this country and for the sport to be the embodiment of peace, love and harmony among all our people.
This is an impassioned plea since it is not too late for Essequibo to be given the opportunity of witnessing at least one match which can be conveniently hosted at the Anna Regina Community Centre Ground.
While I am aware of the dormancy of the Essequibo Football Association, there are still very reliable and competent officials that are eager to facilitate such an event in partnership with local entrepreneurs.
There can be no better place to witness a football match than in Essequibo where the fans are knowledgeable, passionate, comforting and multi racial.
Such a spectacle once it becomes a reality will transform the lives of devoted fans and importantly enough that of our young and emerging footballers whose daily consumption at practice needs the inspiration of professional events such as the Kashif and Shanghai tournament that will put spring in their steps in emulating their heroes.
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