The tense atmosphere that characterized the long wait for the results of the just concluded
National and Regional elections may have been abated following the announcement by the Chief elections officer yesterday afternoon.
It was amidst the anxiety and concerns that the principals of the Kashif and Shanghai organisation continued to work assiduously to provide qualitative entertainment for local football buffs as the 22nd edition of the annual tournament looms.
Towards this end, the proprietor of Mohamed’s Enterprise of 29 Lombard Street, Werk-en-Rust has continued their yearly ritual and once again rendered invaluable support to the organisers towards the successful staging of the tournament.
Yesterday morning at that organisation’s Lombard Street office, proprietor of that establishment, Nazar Mohamed, handed over a batch of trophies to the Kashif and Shanghai principals to facilitate the prize for the second place finishers. Further, a cheque to the tune of One Million dollars exchanged hands and will be added to the trophies to bring the total sponsorship package to $1.5M. The sponsorship package is also offered in part by the City Mall, Camp and Regent Streets Georgetown.
The K&S duo, Kashif and Aubrey, were on hand to collect the gift and Kashif expressed deep gratitude to Mr. Mohamed on behalf of his organisation. He then reminded media operatives that the businessman was among the first to join the sponsorship team. “Banks DIH has been the first entity to support the tournament when it was merely a four-team affair and shortly afterwards Mohamed’s Enterprise came on board,” Kashif informed. He said that ever since the business entity has been a regular fixture on the sponsorship team.
Mr. Mohamed acknowledged the appreciation extended by Kashif but reiterated that he was only able to extend such chivalry through the staunch support of the Guyanese public who supported his business enterprise. He also expressed admiration for the shrewd organising skills of the K&S team. He wished them all the best and vowed to continue supporting the initiative.
Public Relations Officer (K&S), Ms. Jaime Lee Charles was also on hand to witness the handing over ceremony. She has been a member of the K&S team ever since its inauguration.
The grand opening of the championship is scheduled for the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) Ground on Saturday December 10 next and thereafter, matches will be played at several grounds countrywide. Twenty teams will be battling for the lucrative top prize and among them are Milerock, Bakewell Topp XX, Net Rockers, Amelia’s Ward United and Winners Connection all of Linden. Georgetown teams include Pele and BK International Western Tigers while East Coast fields BV/Triumph, Victoria Kings and Bakewell Buxton Stars. Teams representing the West Coast Demerara are Den Amstel and Seawall FC of Pouderoyen. There are two teams out of Berbice in New Amsterdam United and Rosignol United while teams from the East Bank are Timerhi Panthers, Kuru Kururu Lions and Grove Hi-Tec. Mill Ballers is the lone unit out of Bartica.
Matches would be played at several venues including the Uitvlugt Community Centre Ground, BV Triumph Community Centre Ground, McKenzie Sports Club Ground, Blairmont Estate Ground and the National Stadium, Providence.
Photo saved as football donation – Mr. Mohamed (3rd left) hands over the sponsorship cheque and trophies to Ms. Jaime Lee Charles in the presence of Kashif Muhammad and Aubrey ‘Shanghai’ Major.
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