After weeks of preparations by participants, the eagerly anticipated Digicel Nationwide Schools Football Competition is set to commence today with a lone game at the Leonora Synthetic facility, West Demerara.
In the opening fixture of this year’s competition, Vreed-en-Hoop takes on L’Aventure in what is expected to provide an exciting start to the tournament from 15:30hrs. The early talk about this year’s competition is that it will produce fireworks from the first kick-off and fans are being urged to converge at the venue to get a first hand glimpse of some of the future stars in the sport.
The competition which is in its sixth year has seen Government Technical Institute secure the championship trophy in the inaugural tournament, but since then the school from the Mining Town of Linden, Christianburg / Wismar has dominated the event, winning the next four years to become the most successful team in the competition’s history.
This year, however, many observers believe that a new champion will be crowned and among the early favourites is Chase Academic Foundation, a team that has dominated the junior level in Georgetown, while schools such as Mackenzie High, Berbice Educational Institute, Dolphin, Lodge and Beterverwagting Secondaries are also favoured to do well.
What is certain is that due to the increase competitions that are being played now, the level of play will most definitely be much higher than last year. The nationwide event has provided scouts, clubs and the Guyana Football Federation the opportunity to see players from every part of Guyana, a definite positive for the national team’s Head Coach and coaches throughout the country.
Matches are slated to be played in every region in the country. In excess of 150 schools have so far registered for this year’s competition.
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