ANSA McAL’s Lucozade on board with KFC Goodwill tournament
The KFC International Goodwill Series, featuring five of the best Guyanese school football teams and three of the best from various Caribbean nations, will be a good benchmark to test Guyanese youth football.
This is the belief of organisers Petra and new sponsors ANSA McAL Limited, who solidified its support for the tournament on Tuesday morning.
Speaking at the simple presentation ceremony at the company’s Beterverwagting, East Coast Demerara (ECD) headquarters, Managing Director Troy Cadogan revealed why ANSA McAL was quick to support the upcoming competition and his expectations for the games.
“When they approached ANSA McAL, we jumped on board immediately because I personally felt that it would’ve given our local teams to see where the benchmark or where our players are compared to the rest of the Region. At the end of this tournament, we could actually say how strong youth football is in Guyana, and we could probably identify the development needs and how we need to move, to move to that next level,” the Managing Director shared.
Cadogan went on to relate his expectations, “So, we’ve always been closely associated with the Petra Organisation; we support them from time to time, and I personally believe that this tournament will be a massive injection in terms of our youth programme. I’m just salivating at some of the possible clashes, the Jamaicans and Trinidadians against our top teams.”
While ANSA McAL will be the tournament’s official beverage sponsor, its Lucozade brand will take centre stage.
Petra Organisation’s Co-Director Troy Mendonca, also touching on the benchmark opportunities the tournament will present, highlighted the series’ potential to grow.
Mendonca remarked, “We’re very happy to be here for this occasion, because this tournament, as you would know, is going to be massive for this country. In that, hopefully in the near future, it can be the tournament of the Caribbean, where we have a representative from each major geographical location in the Caribbean, coming on these shores to match skills with our boys here.
“Like I said, it gives an opportunity to our local players to display their skills and which we also want to use as a benchmark to really rate where our game is,” he added.
The KFC International Goodwill Series is set to feature eight schools, namely defending champions DC Caesar Fox (Waramadong) Secondary, St Ignatius Secondary, Secondary Jamaica’s Clarendon College, Trinidad and Tobago’s St Benedict’s College, Suriname’s SVO 4 and the top three teams from the ongoing Limacol Schools’ league.
Playing days have been confirmed for December 12, 14, 16, 19 and 22, with the Queen’s College Ground being announced as the additional venue.
The teams will be vying for a $500,000 GYD grand prize.