Jul 31, 2013 Sports Comments Off on Fans believe Digicel Schools Football on right track
By Rawle Welch
Now that the dust has settled on what was arguably the best Digicel Nationwide Schools Football Championships to date; Kaieteur Sport solicited a few comments from fans that were present at the staging of the finals at the Police Sports Club ground last Sunday.
This newspaper sought to hear their thoughts on the standard of the competition after three years and whether the work being done by Digicel was a step in the right direction in enabling the other major stakeholders such as the Guyana Football Federation, the various Associations, clubs and the Ministries of Sport and Education to spot the abundant talent that reside within Guyana that could ensure we remain a potent force in regional football.
Here are some of the comments:
Arron Fraser – Contracts Manager of Wartsila Operations- This year has clearly shown that Digicel has all the resources to take the tournament to the next level. This was demonstrated by its ability to involve even more schools that previous years and all this has happened in just three short years. The logistics and spread has been an excellent feature of this year’s competition and the Company must be commended for this.
The tournament itself has been able to capture a wider talent pool and I have to say that it is even better organised than those arranged by the national associations. It has brought a lot of talent to the fore which could now benefit every coach, allowing them to capture and nurture that talent and all this could only bode well for the future of the sport.
The job that Digicel has started must be complemented by the support from other business entities and I want to advise them of the benefit of aligning themselves with the Company to push the sport forward.
However, judging from the large crowd that has turned up here I think that it is clear that the tournament has outgrown this venue and the next logical thing to do is to commence planning on taking it to a bigger facility and obviously that would be the National Stadium.
Bert Wilkinson – International Journalist- The revival of sports football is the best thing that has happened for the sport since the 1970’s and Digicel is chiefly responsible for this.
It is now up to the GFF, GFA and all the other associations to seize this gift that is being given on a platter by the Company. This competition has unearthed a lot of talent and this is a wonderful opportunity being provided by Digicel to spot talent that could then lift the standard of the game here.
Michael Daniels – Finance Comptroller of Gafoor Ltd – One of the surprising things to me is that there seems to be a good brand of football coming out of the hinterland communities and this is what the GFF should be looking at thanks to Digicel.
I have to applaud what Digicel is doing, but I think that they should work with the Federation to take it a step further.
This by itself to me would not take Guyana’s football forward, but working in collaboration with other stakeholders could generate the desired results. However, I hope that the Company would continue to do what it is doing.
Lennox Cush – Former National Cricketer/Businessman – Digicel is doing an excellent job and everything right in assisting in the promotion of the sport which to my mind could only get better. It is great for the sport and I would urge other members of the business community to get on board.
For the past 12 months with all the fighting that took place this tournament has been the bright shining light and perhaps the most positive thing that has happened for the sport. I’ve always held the view that sports is the conduit that could be used to bring people together there is no greater unifying force.
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