Botofago Football Club (BFC) defeated their Under-17 and 20 counterparts in the Osmond Cummings Memorial tournament which was held in collaboration with Nigel “Mice” Cummings on Wednesday last at the
Mackenzie Sports Club ground (MSC).
Under the theme, “Unite, Develop and Distribute”, Botofago’s Under-17 got the better of Netrockers 5-0 on penalty kicks after a 1-1 tie in regulation time. It was all Botofago again in the Under-20 clash, they won from the penalty spot 3-1 following a nil all stalemate at the end of regulation time.
The winning Under-17 team received US$50.00, trophy and replicas while the Under-20 side collected a trophy and replicas. Emerging as the best defender for Botofago U-17 was Elridge Williams who was presented with a tablet as was Jashaun Moore also of Botofago who was the best U-20 defender.
Osmond Cummings was one of the first players in Botofago FC in the 1970’s and his brother, Nigel “Mice” Cummings, a former National player who resides in the USA stated that this memorial tournament will be an annual event and he hopes to attract more teams that would take to heights, similar to the Kashief and Shanghai touranemt.
Cummings said he did this tournament in honour of his brother who died on August 5th, 2008 and is peeved that he only now got the first tournament off the ground because of his job and time but is happy it eventually came off.
Cummings said his brother was his mentor: “My brother was very good, he played well but because of his temper he didn’t get far and he inspired and motivated me, so in his memory I decided to host a memorial tournament which would be done annually.”
Although Cummings was pleased the tournament came off, he was very upset with the management of the MSC ground.
“I paid $35,000 for the ground and I thought that the ground would have been prepared but I had to pay somebody else extra money to mark the ground and it was not properly done. The referees said they couldn’t see the lines which caused the late start.”
However despite the hiccups the tournament got underway and football fans were treated to two exciting games on a waterlogged ground which was recently rehabilitated to the tune of $3M.
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