Wayne St. Jules, the head coach of Fruta Conquerors under-20 team that will collide with West Demerara’s Pouderoyen in the semifinal round of the third annual Turbo Energy Drink Knockout tournament tomorrow, has credited the competitiveness within the club as part of the team’s success.
During an invited comment with Kaieteur Sport, the boisterous St. Jules who has been in charge of the under-20 team for just over three years, explained that he has over 50 under-20 players registered and this augurs well for discipline and high competitiveness within the club.
“When you have a lot of players, you aren’t afraid to drop a player because of indiscipline because there are three –four players waiting to take his spot, likewise, all the players have to be on top of their game as well because there is a guy right there waiting to step up,” the coach noted.
Fruta Conquerors Football Club (FCFC) has one of the best youth programmes in Guyana with training within groups from the under-11 right up.
Most of the players in the club’s under-20 team in the ongoing Turbo Knockout competition that is sponsored by the Guyana Beverages Inc. have been playing together since at the under-11 level and St. Jules explained that although his charges are a youth side, these players have a wealth of experience having been playing senior football for a few years in some instances.
Five of the current FC U-20 players are regulars in the clubs senior men’s side, while four have represented Guyana at the national level and the trio of the talismanic Nicholas McArthur, Ryan Hackett, and Skipper Jeremy Garrett all have played for Guyana senior men’s side; the Golden Jaguars.
McArthur, who has been scoring goals for fun, will pick up the captain’s armband for the city side in Sunday’s semifinal since Garrett is scheduled to return to the United States where he is currently a student-athlete.
Similar to the sentiments shared by St. Jules, McArthur is confident that Conquerors will overcome Travis Bess’ Pouderoyen side and eventually win the final. However, although they are the favourites to lift the third Turbo championship trophy, they aren’t underestimating anyone and have been training hard all week in preparation for the last stretch.
Following tomorrow’s opening match at 18:30hrs between Fruta Conquerors and Pouderoyen, the organisers of this tournament; Petra Organisation, have confirmed that Georgetown Football Club (GFC) will play defending champions Northern Rangers in the anticipated feature clash at 20:30hrs.
The champions of this tournament will pocket $400,000 with second place bagging $200,000, third place $100,000 and fourth place $50,000. (Calvin Chapman)
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