Following a false start on Saturday, the 6th edition of the GT-Beer ‘Keep Ya Five Alive’ Championship will officially kick-off on Thursday at the National Gymnasium.
Tournament coordinator Kevin Adonis, revealed that the rescheduling of the tournament was due to adhering to a mandate from the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) on the appearance of Elite League players.
According to Adonis, “This recent development ordered by the GFF ultimately forced me to reschedule the opening night from last Saturday to this Thursday to ensure that teams have the opportunity to discuss the directive set by the Federation in order to avoid any consequence (s) of their decisions.”
Adonis added it was unfortunate that the mandate passed down from the GFF was not part of the initial notification he had received, which would have provided ample time to initiate discussions with the competing teams and avoid the unfortunate episode.
He further disclosed that the intention is to initiate further discussions with the federation to address and iron out all issues related to the requirements mandated.
The tournament will comprise 32 teams emanating from the Georgetown, West Demerara, Linden and East Coast Demerara environs.
Among the notables teams slated to compete are defending champion Gold is Money, losing finalist Future Stars, Sparta Boss, Bent Street, Leopold Street and Back Circle.
On the opening night of the event, Rhythm Stars will oppose Berbice Guinness of the Streets champion Trafalgar, while Broad Street will tackle Agricola.
The third fixture will pit Kingston against Swag Entertainment of Linden, while fellow Linden unit NK Ballers takes aim at Sophia.
In the final clash of the evening, Leopold Street will match skills with East Coast Demerara giant Melanie.
On July 14th, West Demerara champion Showstoppers take aim at Buxton Diamond, while East Coast Guinness champion Uprising lock horns with Guinness of the Streets Linden winner Silver Bullets.
In the third fixture, ESPN of West Demerara battles Beterverwagting (BV). This will be followed by the Ann’s Grove and North East La Penitence clash.
The fifth fixture will pit Tiger Bay against California Square, while Tucville and Sparta Boss will face-off in the finale showdown.
On July 16th, Upsetters and Albouystown match skills in the opening clash, while Future Stars tackle Alpha Warriors and Back Circle oppose Kitty Hustlers.
In the final two matches, Dave & Celena All Stars of Linden engage the formidable Bent Street, while holders Gold is Money tackle Alexander Village.