Jun 18, 2013 Sports Comments Off on Caribbean Guinness ‘Street Football Challenge’ Competition…Guyana’s Team Back Circle ready for the challenge
National Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ champions Back Circle, Guyana’s representative at the upcoming Caribbean ‘Street Football Challenge’ Competition which is slated to be played from June 21-23 in St. Vincent and the Grenadines will depart on Thursday for the Eastern Caribbean territory.
Back Circle, losing finalists at the inaugural Guinness Street Challenge hosted in Guyana last year has been going through their paces at the East Ruimveldt Community Centre Tarmac and when Kaieteur Sport visited the team, all the members of the squad expressed confidence that the title will be on the return flight with them back to the ‘Land of Many Waters’.
Guyana will be in competition against the respective winners of seven other countries including the host for prize monies in excess of US$7,000.
Apart from Guyana the other countries that will be participating are: defending champions St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua/Barbuda, St, Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago and newcomers Grenada, Dominica, and St. Kitts/Nevis.
The team will be captained by veteran street footballer Wayne Wilson and will include six players from last year’s regional championship.
The other team members are prolific midfield player Philip Rowley who plays at the first division level for BK Western Tigers, sturdy defender Devon Harris, who represents the Guyana Defence Force in local competition, Daniel Favorite, another member of the Western Tigers Team, instrumental striker Andy Duke, experienced street footballer Vincent Thomas and veteran defender Seon McKenzie, a former first division player for Santos FC, and newcomer to the team.
The winning team will cart off US$4,000, runner-up US$2,000 and 3rd place US$1,000. In addition the players and Coach or Manager will be presented with the opportunity to earn official coaching qualification. The coaching programme will be held in conjunction with the Jamaican Football Federation and will cover all aspects of football coaching, from drills and skills to nutrition and sports psychology.
It is Advanced Level 1 recognized by CONCACAF and FIFA. The course is aimed at future coaches who want to upgrade and enhance their coaching skills and make coaching a career choice.
The inaugural Guinness Skills Challenge champion will also receive US $1,000.
Guinness Brand Manager Lee Baptiste will accompany Team Guyana to the Tournament.
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