The inaugural Guyana Football Federation (GFF) ‘Super 16 year-end Classic’ was officially launched yesterday at the federation’s headquarters in Section-K, Campbellville.
The event, which is being sponsored by Top Brandz Distributors under the Corona Beer Brand, will feature 16 teams competing in a knockout format.
The scheduled opening night of the tournament is December 15 at the Mackenzie Sports Club (MSC) ground, Linden with January 1st scheduled for the championship match at the National Stadium, Providence.
Ten of the 16 participants are ‘Elite League’ clubs with five teams emanating from the various associations. The final team will be an Indigenous All-Stars unit.
The teams are Ann’s Grove, Buxton United, Camptown, Cougars, Den Amstel, Fruta Conquerors, Grove Hi-Tech, Guyana Defence Force (GDF), Guyana Police Force (GPF), Indigenous All-Stars, Milerock, New Amsterdam (NA) United, Pouderoyen, Victoria Kings, Western Tigers and Winners Connection
GFF President Wayne Forde said, that the event is being built to be an exciting, exhilarating and highly competitive year-end tournament.
According to Forde, this tournament starts the process of structuring the year-end period, revealing that the format for the year of 2018 will feature associations competing in playoff events with the resulting top two finishers progressing to the GFF Championship.
He added that the GFF is proud to be in partnership with the Top Brandz Distributor, adding that federation sees much value in the relationship as the company is keen on football development.
Meanwhile, Top Brandz Distributors Marketing Manager, Marvin Wray, declared that the company is committed to the development of communities, adding that January 1st is part of Guyanese football tradition and culture and that the establishment is proud to be a part of the venture.
According to Wray, “This is the beginning of a beautiful relationship that will last for years. We believe in the GFF and the Guyanese culture.”
Also, Charles Collymore, representative of the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples Affairs, thanked the GFF for the invitation to be a part of the event, adding, “It’s strategic to include the Indigenous All-Stars and we will give a good account of ourselves. We look forward to further inclusions in the future.”
Winner of the event will pocket $2,000,000 and a trophy, while the runner-up will collect $1,000,000 and the respective accolade.
The third and fourth place finishers will walk away with $500,000 and $250,000 correspondingly.