The stage is being set for a highly competitive Corona Invitational Football final between home side Georgetown Football Club (GFC) and Guyana Police Force FC on Sunday.
Speaking on Wednesday at a press briefing held at the GFC, Bourda, the management of both teams expressed optimism of producing a winning result in high-octane action.
GFC Manager Fizal Khan bluntly stated: “We have not come this far to come this far. We came this far to keep going.”
This is the first final in over 10 years for the club which celebrated its 115th anniversary last month.
Likewise, GFC Head Coach Vincent Cadogan stated, “We always say in remarks and football is the greatest teacher and superiority comes from the level of football played.”
He added, “We have been playing fairly well and we are preparing for Sunday and will continue playing smart football.”
Captain Shaquille Bowen disclosed it was a “humbling experience since being at the club from Under-15 level and to be in this final is a great feat and [we] will work and continue to do our best”. He further contended: “It is youth versus experience, but it is just football on the night.”
On the opposing side, the lawmen are cautious but confident of adding another title to their collection.
Manager Keron Boston explained that the team have been gaining success for about four to five years competing at all levels. “They are not to be afraid of Police; we are friends. It will be competitive. We are not going to give it up easy. We are the superior and will expect to remain superior.”
With GFC holding the upper hand as they defeated Police 3-0 during the group stages, Coach Dwayne Bobb contended the victory was an “eye-opener” and they would be “cautious”.
Meanwhile, Co-Director of Petra Organisation, Troy Mendonca remarked that he was happy with the response of the teams to the tournament, which began in July.
“We recognised some teams were rusty but and kudos to them all. Special mention must be given to Black Pearl and Eastveldt and their willingness to compete even after they could not secure a spot in the knock-out rounds.”
Mendonca hoped the powers that control the sport would use this opportunity to help with its progression.
Giving special thanks to sponsors Top Brands under the Corona Beer brand, the organiser is hopeful for a fiery final.
The stakes will be high since the championship team will pocket $1 million and the championship trophy, while second to fourth place will respectively pocket $400,000, $200,000 and $100,000 and the corresponding accolades. (Akeem Greene)