Dec 12, 2019 Sports Comments Off on GFF Super 16 Cup Milerock and Pele to set the tone in opener on Sunday at Eve Leary
With close to Four Million in cash prizes up for grabs come January 1st 2020, the 2019/2020 edition of the Guyana Football Federation super 16 Cup is set to kick off on Sunday at the Police Sports Club Ground, Eve Leary with the first double header.
This format of the sport leaves to room for teams to rebound so they have to hit top form the first whistle in play faultless football in order to survive and make the next round. It’s virtually four matches or at least 368 minutes to the top prize of Two Million Dollars and all sixteen teams are starting on even keel with the chance to win.
The second placed team will walk away with one million Dollars while third and fourth place attracts $500,000 and $250,000, respectively.
Pressure is never easy going into one’s opening match and given the chance to ease the tension first is Elite League side Milerock Football Club based in the Bauxite Mining Town of Linden and City side, Pele Football Club.
The current rainy weather has been a challenge in terms of preparations for all the teams but this would mean that the technical staff has to come up with innovative ways to keeping their teams in shape ahead of game day.
Commenting on team preparations, Coach of Pele FC, once one of the top exponents in the knockout format, Dennis ‘Chow’ Hunte stated that they are ready for the challenge that Milerock will present to them on Sunday from 18:30hrs in the curtain raise.
Set to feature a young side as Pele, are in the rebuilding process, Hunte conformed that his team is not as solid as they used to be having b
een faced with many challenges in the past three years but his young charges who would be led by Lodge Secondary School’s Captain, Derwin George, will be up to the task.
“When we go out on the field of play, every team will have a chance to win the tournament but it would be down to who executes best on the day. We are in the rebuilding phase as a club and we have a very young team that would be giving a very good account of itself come Sunday evening.
We have been forced to do lots of physical work as the weather has been posing a challenge for us with grounds being unplayable. We usually practice at the Carifesta Sports Complex Ground but we have had to find innovative ways of keeping in shape.”
Technical Director of Milerock, Brian ‘Joe Boy’ Joseph commenting on his teams’ training indicated that it has intensified.
“We are a bit behind where we should have been at this time and that’s because of all the challenges we face in trying to get the entire group together and start proper preparations. But we are not complaining, we understand that most of the other teams in the tournament are facing or would have faced the same challenges.”
TD Joseph exuded positivity that they are just about ready for their opening match against Pele on Sunday.
“We intend to finalise a lot of the work that we’ve been doing just to fine tune a couple of things. I think the philosophy of how we want to play is established, it’s just a case now for us to reinforce in every session the importance of us sticking to plan and playing together as a unit.”
Commenting on the guest players they have approached given the fact that the rules of the competition allows for every team to have three, Joseph informed that they have a number of players from their hometown training with the team and they haven’t as yet finalised which of those players would be added to the team.
“But what I know is that we pretty much know where our weaker areas are and we’ve tried to ensure that we bring in players can strengthen those areas.”
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