Top Brandz Distributors under the Corona Beer brand confirmed its partnership with the Petra Organisation to host the inaugural Corona Invitational Football Tournament involving twelve of the top teams in Georgetown.
This disclosure was made on Friday, during a simple ceremony that was conducted at the company’s Head Office on Broad Street.
In attendance at the occasion were Petra Organisation Co-Director Troy Mendonca, Vice-President of the Georgetown Football Association (GFA) Aron Fraser, President of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Wayne Forde, Top Brandz Sales and Marketing Manager Pratima Prashnajeet and Brand Ambassador Jean-Paul Bonse.
Mendonca in his remarks said the Organisation is delighted to have the support of the company and promised that the tournament will align with their objectives of promoting the beer.
In giving a outline of the format of the tournament he disclosed it will be played on a round-robin knock-out basis where there will be two groups of six teams from which the top four from the respective groups will advance to the knock-out phase.
The Director further stated that on the first day of the tournament admission will be free for all patrons and this feature he added will continue for women only throughout the duration of the tournament.
Prashnajeet said the objective of the tournament is to sensitise the public about the theme for the beer which is, ‘This is living’.
Bonse informed that they are seeking to promote the community teams and build a fan base by having additional entertainment packages at the venues.
Fraser applauded Petra for helping the GFA to fill a void given the difficulties they experienced which led to a delay in the commencement of their competitions.
He praise Top Brandz, who he termed a non-traditional sponsor for football, for lending support in spite of the “turbulent economic” situation in the country.
Forde in his brief comments revealed that the GFF will continue to support the work of the Organisation since their programmes line up with the Federation’s developmental plan for the sport.
Meanwhile, the winning team will receive $1million and the championship trophy, while second to fourth take home $400,000, $200,000 and $100,000 respectively.
Because of the ongoing inclement weather, the tournament has a tentative start date of July 7 with the final set for September 9.
The playing days will be Fridays and Sundays at three venues, namely the Georgetown Football Club, Bourda and Tucville Ground.
The tournament will feature Guyana Police Force FC, Campton FC, Santos FC, Pele FC, Georgetown Football Club, Beacons FC, Northern Rangers, Western Tigers, Riddim Squad, Flamingo FC, Black Pearl and East Ville FC.
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