By Calvin Chapman
It was decades since Georgetown Football Club (GFC); the mecca of football in the city, had won a senior football title, but their coach, Delon Cadogan, was confident that the duck would have been broken in 2018 when GFC met Northern Rangers in the final of the second annual Turbo Energy Drink Knockout Tournament, but it was not meant to be as Rangers orchestrated a come from behind win to lift the championship trophy in 2018.
Now, in the third edition of the Guyana Beverages Inc. sponsored competition, GFC along with Rangers have reached the semifinal stage of the ongoing tournament and they will face each other under lights on Sunday at the Ministry of Education (MOE) ground on Carifesta Avenue for a replay of the 2018 final.
Since then, GFC, after winning the GFA Stag Revival Cup in 2019, have broken a nearly 50-year drought of senior football silverware and under the tutelage of the youthful Cadogan who has hung up his playing shoes, GFC will look to exact revenge on the defending champions in this Petra Organisation promoted tournament.
A source close to the Rangers team explained that they didn’t get enough playing time heading into this competition that began with 10 teams in November 2019 but they have managed to defend their title so far. Last Sunday’s quarterfinal triumph was a scrappy win against Riddim Squad; a match that was decided via kicks from the penalty mark after full and extra-time finished 0-0.
The anticipated GFC versus Rangers semifinal clash may be curtailed due to the fact that Santos Football Club has made an official protest challenging the ineligibility of three players from the GFC team that played the quarterfinal round, Sunday last.
Santos were knocked out by GFC from the tournament after losing 2-1 in extra time and in a letter to the organisers of the tournament seen by this publication, the club is claiming that Gregory Stevens and Paul Fields of Grove Hi-tech and Deon Alfred of Beacon FC were not legally transferred to contest for GFC.
A response from the organisers, based on their investigations, is being awaited.
Meanwhile, what is certain is that the other semifinal match this Sunday will see West Demerara’s Pouderoyen matching skills with Fruta Conquerors ramping youths from the capital city.
The champions of this tournament will pocket $400,000 with second place bagging $200,000, third place $100,000 and fourth place $50,000.
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