Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Street Football finale this weekend

The regional finals of the Guinness Street Football Challenge 2014 Caribbean leg will be contested over two days, tomorrow and Saturday, at the Jean Pierre Complex in Port of Spain.

And seven regional teams from Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Guyana, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, will be aiming to defeat host nation and defending regional champions Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) for the grand title.

T&T, who triumphed last year with Hills Have Eyes, will be represented by national champions Chelsea.

Apart from the traditional football challenge, fans will be also witness the “Regional Skills Challenge”, where individuals from across the Caribbean will be vying for the title of “Best Football Skills Champion”.

Reigning regional champion Mark Taylor lost out on the opportunity to win successive crowns when he lost his national title to Kerron Ford, who will be hoping he can imitate the man he dethroned as champion of T&T.

Guinness country manager for Trinidad and Tobago Melicia Wilson-Aquing said the finals are designed to ensure fans enjoy the best talent regional football has to offer while being treated to lively entertainment over the two-day extravaganza.

“The championship gives players that platform to showcase their skills and inspire communities to be the best that they can be,” Wilson-Aquing said, adding the players will also have the opportunity to be seen on television across the region as the activities on both days will be filmed by Sportsmax.

“To make this challenge even more exciting, we have invited world renowned football skills specialist Collin Nell to judge the challenge, while former international footballer Robbie Earle will make a special guest appearance.”

This year’s Guinness Street Football Challenge champions will receive US$4,000 and a FIFA-sanctioned coaching course for all team members while the runners-up and the third place team will collect US$2,000 and US$1,000, respectively.

Competition kicks off at 6 p.m. on both days, with tomorrow’s proceedings hosted by Ryan “Chinee” Shing Hon. Entertainment will be provided by Neil “Iwer” George, while Kwesi “Hypa Hoppa” Hopkinson along with dancehall superstar Beenie Man and soca artiste Prophet Benjamin will bring the curtains down on Saturday.

Admission is free tomorrow, with a $60 cover charge on Satur­day.