Sponsor of the East Bank Football Association (EBFA) annual Under-11 League, Ralph Green of the USA, has informed that the fifth edition of the tournament, which should have been played this year but has suffered like many other sports because of the pandemic will COVID-19 bigger and better in 2021.
Noting his disappointment at not being able to include the youngsters this year, Green said the safety and health of future stars who demonstrate their skills during the competition was a priority and promised that next year’s edition would be exciting.
“I want to reassure the EBFA and the players, though many would have been disappointed, given the fact that the tournament didn’t go away this year, next year we would become bigger and better. I am already in discussion with coordinator Franklin Wilson looking at a way to improve the tournament. We have already acquired two sets of goals for the tournament and looked at other ways to make the experience for our young people, more memorable. ”
A total of 12 teams participated in the 2019 edition of the tournament, won by Vurlon Mills Academy which edged Riddim Squad FC 2-1 in the final; all games were played at the Guyana Football Federation National Training Center, Providence, Demerara East Bank.
The Timehri Panthers won the game in third place passing Kuru Kururu Warriors, 3-1. The other competing teams were, Agricola, Eagles FC of Stewartville, Swan FC, Friendship All Stars, Diamond United, Samatta Point / Kaneville, Grove Hi Tech, and Fruta Conquerors.
An increase in teams from 12 to 16 is being considered as well as teams receiving full uniforms. Currently, teams get branded jerseys (including the EBFA logo) to play while four brand size balls are also used.
The 2019 issue saw all players collect knapsack while coaches were dressed in polo shirts. Each player from the first and second teams was presented with a replica of trophies, while the third and fourth placed teams received medals.
Plaques were presented to Most Valuable Player, Best Goalkeeper, Highest Best Scorer, Most Promising Player, Most Disciplined Player and Best Coach.