After some failed attempts and false starts, organised football is set to return to the Georgetown Football Association (GFA) under the stewardship of the Interim Management Committee (IMC) and the sponsorship of Ansa Mcal through their Stag Beer brand.
The tournament is being dubbed the GFA/Stag Beer Revival Cup, a fitting name since the IMC along with the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) and all football stakeholders would like to see the beautiful game rejuvenated in the most popular member association (MA) of the GFF.
The tournament was launched at the Sleepin Hotel on Brickdam, present at the ceremony was GFF President Wayne Forde Snr., Trevor Williams; Chairman of the IMC, Otis James; competitions chairman of the IMC, and Stag Beer representative, Seweon McGarrell.
During his address at the presser, Forde explained that too many of our talented youths have been deprived of playing football. And, I am happy that Ansa Mcal can partner with us to host the tournament.” He further posited that, “It really takes a leap of faith from a sponsor’s viewpoint to come in this environment which has been dormant for so long and we are grateful for the support and we will deliver a product that is worthy of such.”
James noted that, “Is been a long time since the GFA had football and I’m so pleased to have the game playing here again.”
The competition chairman of the Revival Cup further noted that the tournament will follow a round robin/knockout format and will be competed at the Georgetown Football Club (GFC) and the Tucville grounds over 16 days with a total of 56 matches to be played.
There will be a total of 16 teams vying for a total prize purse of $900,000; those team are Guyana Defence Force (GDF), GFC, Pele, Northern Rangers, Western Tigers, Riddim Squad, Beacons, Black Pearl, Fruta Conquerors, Police, Camptown, Eastville, Buxton, Santos, Flamingo and Order & Discipline.
The tournament will see the participation of strictly non-elite players and majorly under-21 players. This has been decided with the aim of giving players down the pecking order in elite clubs an opportunity to showcase their talents, while the national selectors will have the opportunity to have a look at the youth players.
Chairman of the IMC, Williams posited that, “Competition is high on our agenda since it’s our mandate to see the standards of football raised in Georgetown. This is important while we continue to stabilise the issues currently in the GFA and clubs are constantly being engaged.”
“Stag Beer has always supported and continued to support football in Guyana. This game brings a lot of people together and it is the number one sport in the world and those are some of the reasons why Stag is supporting this initiative. We are longing for the day that Guyana will participate in an international tournament and we hope that our support helps put them on that course”, Ansa McAl rep Seweon McGarrell. (Calvin Chapman)
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