Second Big 5 semi still on tomorrow
Tomorrow’s BG T&T/First Citizens Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) “Big Five” semi-final between Presentation College San Fernando and the Central Zone champions will go ahead as scheduled, even though “Pres” do not yet know who their opponents will be.
The San Fernando school earned their trip to the semis with an easy 5-0 semi-final win over Tobago Zone winners Speyside Secondary at Skinner Park on Monday.
But although Chaguanas North Secondary have been given the nod as Central Zone champs after they beat Carapichaima East Secondary on goal difference last week, a protest by “Caps” surrounding the alleged illegal use of players by Chaguanas to secure the title has stymied their chance at a first trip to the Big Five. If Carapichaima’s protest is successful, they will win Central once more and face Presentation.
It is not the first time Carapichaima have stalled Chaguanas’s title bid via protest. Last year’s Chaguanas’s first round 2-1 defeat of the perennial Central champs was quashed after protest by Caps, on the grounds that goalkeeper John Rodney was ineligible.
Rodney trained with Caps in the off-season, but was barred from playing due to his CXC results, following which he went to Chaguanas North.
The latest disciplinary matter has been drawn out, but is expected to conclude tomorrow according to Gerard Elliot, the SSFL assistant secretary and member of the disciplinary committee, who said the League is still “awaiting some information”.
The match should go ahead as planned tomorrow at Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, with the winners of that contest and victors between St Mary’s College and St Augustine Secondary—who face off today at Larry Gomes Stadium, Malabar from 4 p.m.—set to meet in Monday’s final.
Today will also see East girls champs St Augustine and their North Zone counterparts Bishop’s Anstey High School (Port of Spain) clashing at Malabar from 2 p.m., two hours before the boys’ encounter.