Ten teams will vie for the first Osmond Cummings Memorial U20 KO Football tournament at the Bayroc Community Centre ground which began yesterday.
According to former National Footballer, Nigel ‘Mice’ Cummings, for the past five years in collaboration with Botofago Football Club, the host a Football Extravanza in August in honour of his older brother who played football for Botofago Football Club; and although he never got to represent his area or country because of his temper, he was his idol. Cummings said that his brother would always support and encourage him. “My brother Osmond had a temper and because of that he never made it to represent Linden or Guyana, but it didn’t stop him from supporting football. He was my biggest fan; he was my inspiration and my motivator. I played for Guyana with many caps to my name and I am proud; so I am doing this for Osmond to help the young footballers in the community and to encourage them.”
Cummings noted that after four years of having just a one day football extravaganza with just two or three teams benefitting, he decided to host a tournament and have the finals played in August as usual. “I tried to have a tournament from the second year but I must give kudos to UDFA executives Mr. Claude Williams and Patrick Dey for coming against all odds to make it possible this year. I dreamt for this day.”
Cummings said that even though the permission came at the ninth hour from the Upper Demerara Football Association, he is happy that he can now host a tournament.
The former National footballer said all the proceeds from the games will go towards the UDFA and he also thanked the Referee’s Council for their support.
The tournament will consist of two groups, Amelia’s Ward, Eagles, Top XX, Winners Connection and High Stars will play in Group A and Milerock, Netrockers, Botofago, Blue Berry Hill and Silver Shattas will play in Group B. The tournament will take a month break during the World Cup games.
Lots of trophies and prizes will be given away at the end of the semifinals and finals which will be played on August 26th.
Deputy Mayor Wainewright Bethune took the salute at the March past to start the event yesterday. (Jacquey Bourne)
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