Nov 14, 2013 Sports
By Sean Devers
The Chico Kashif and Shanghai Organization’s Nationwide Secondary Schools Football competition was yesterday presented with the first prize money of $1.2 million by Nazar Mohamed, proprietor of Mohamed’s Enterprise and City Mall at Mohamed’s Enterprise on Lombard Street, Stabroek.
Present yesterday were Kashif Mohamed and Aubrey Major of the K&S Organization along with members of one the competing teams (Queen’s College) including their Skipper Isaiah Hope and his deputy Aftab Crandon.
After staging the annual end-of year K&S National Football tournament for 23 years, a dispute on the dates for the planned 2013 edition resulted in the cancelation of Guyana’s most anticipated club football competition and the focus was shifted to a Secondary Schools Football Competition, scheduled to commence on December 8.
Apart from the Championship trophy and replicas, it was disclosed 75 percent of the winner’s prize will go towards a project indentified by the Champions and will be coordinated by the Organizers.
The remainder of the prize money will be presented in the form of vouchers (to purchase text books and Football gear) to each member of the winning team, while Mohamed’s Enterprise will also pay a part of the cost of accommodation for the Waramadong Secondary school.
Defending Secondary School champions Wismar/Christianburg Secondary beat Waramadong Secondary in the last Digicel Secondary Schools competition.
“We are happy to be on board with the K&S Organisation for a tournament that is assisting not only sports but also helping to keep youngsters in the school,” Nazar Mohamed declared.
This tournament features the top eight schools from this year’s Digicel’s tournament and the final is scheduled for the Guyana National Stadium on January 1, 2014.
“We are grateful for the continued support of our Football tournaments from Mohamed’s Enterprise and we will treat this tournament as part of the process of helping to provide the youngsters with a rounded education,” said Muhammad.
The top teams and outstanding players will be rewarded individual, non-monetary prizes, such as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) being assigned to a major club in Trinidad and Tobago, compliments of the K&S Organisation while other individual prizes will be of educational nature.
According to Muhammad, creating a high level of public support for the event which has attracted several sponsors has been a challenge. It is hoped that the schools involved in the tournament and its community as a whole, along with parents to support the event.
The entrance fee is $500 for each game and Muhammad said sponsorship arrangements will be put in place to ensure students get complimentary tickets as they expect the customary fans to purchase tickets.
“We are always happy to have an opportunity to support sports and even so when it helps to develop young people, giving them a chance to showcase their talent and shine in a tournament such as this one,” the sponsor noted.
Along with Wismar/Christianburg Secondary, the other top eight schools in the Digicel Schools tourney, Waramadong, Covent Garden, St George’s, Leonora, Bladen Hall, Ash Educational Trust and Lodge Secondary have all earned a bye to the next round.
Wisburg, New Silvercity and Mackenzie High (Linden), East Ruimveldt, North Georgetown, Queen’s College, Dolphin, Christ Church and Queenstown (Georgetown) and Stewartville, Uitvlugt, Patentia, (West Demerara) will do battle in the first round.
Also clashing in the first round are: President’s College, Ann’s Grove and Annandale Secondary (East Coast) and Friendship Secondary from the East Bank, where the losers will exit the tournament while the winners go on to face the top eight schools that were given the bye. All the teams will be outfitted with gear.
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