Dec 11, 2013 Sports
In 2009, the K&S Entertainment group broke all grounds when it hosted legendary football star, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known to the world as Pelé, who spent several nostalgic hours mingling with local administrators and players alike.
Now, four years later, those principals will emulate the feat when they host top Canadian soccer player, Dwayne DeRosario and football administrator, Garth Nelson, at the 24th edition of the K&S Secondary School Football Championships currently underway. They will be in Guyana December 21-24 next.
A player of no mean order, DeRosario is born to Guyanese parentage and has notched up several lucrative awards during his illustrious career. He has clinched the coveted Canadian Footballer of the Year award on four separate occasions while copping the MLC Cup MVP in 2001.
DeRosario was also voted Toronto FC Player of the Year in 2007 and 2009 as well as the MLS Most Valuable Player in 2011. The prolific ball weaver also earlier secured the MLS Goal of the Year award two years in a row, in 2004 and 2005.
Among his other awards are MLS Golden Boot 2011 and elite spots among the MLS Best XI every year from 2005 to 2011. With a carrier spanning some 14 years, DeRosario comprises an integral part of the Canadian National Team and is currently preparing to represent his country at 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Mr. Nelson’s interaction with Guyanese footballers commenced in 2000 when he took Kayode McKinnon to Spain for a tryout. One year later, he sponsored Randolph Jerome and Charles ‘Lily’ Pollard on a similar expedition to the USA.
In 2002, Mr. Nelson penned an autobiography of McKinnon and that book now forms a part of those in the Linden library. The hard working football executive then secured 2nd division contracts in the USA for Nigel Codrington, Pollard, Randolph Jerome, Shaun Cameron and Kevin Beaton. He was also instrumental in securing the Major League Soccer contract for Gregory Richardson in 2004. Maybe, his most sterling achievement occurred shortly afterwards when he introduced beach soccer to Guyana and formed the Linden based, Beach Soccer Football Association.
While a more detailed itinerary of the two football stalwarts will be released shortly, they are expected to grace the Mackenzie Sports Club Ground, Linden, for the Chico/K&S Secondary Schools competition, Sunday December 22 next.
Meanwhile, Allen Tumazeri, a Guyanese residing in England has presented two sets of football gears to Marcus Wilson and Beveney Marks, two outstanding players of the victorious St Pius Primary Football team in the just concluded Courts Primary Schools Football tournament. The winning team won all of their games and exited the tournament with an impeccable record.
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