Foreign Minister meets Fruta Conquerors ahead of CONCACAF Championship

…to explore avenues of assistance
…lauds team’s discipline

Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister Hugh Todd addressing the team

Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister Hugh Todd has met members of the Fruta Conquerors Football Club ahead of the team’s participation in the upcoming CONCACAF Caribbean Club Shield Championship.
The tournament will be played in Curaçao in April.
Minister Todd met players and club officials at the Tucville Sports Ground on Sunday where he congratulated the players on their selection for the tournament and pledged to see what assistance could be offered to them.
“Once you are going to be part of a competition, you need a budget and support. You need sponsorship and financial support to be able to meet the demands that are required. I will have a conversation with the (club) President and the Coach and I will also take that forward to the President himself to see what assistance we can give you from the level of Government,” Minister Todd told the young players.
The Minister reminded the team that “you are not only competing as a club, but as a club representing Guyana”.

Members of the Fruta Conquerors Team

“I want to commend you for your commitment to the club and your drive and passion for football and the discipline that you are showing here. because we need this kind of discipline across Guyana to help to build this country.”
Minister Todd noted that Guyana has now had its largest budget yet for sports development. Additionally, with the coming oil wealth, more money would be made available to invest in sports.
“Guyana is going to expand and naturally, we will have more to give to sports. So, once you commit yourselves, you can have a long life in the area of sports, because that is part of our development trajectory,” Minister Todd relayed.
He reminded the young players to be balanced, both on the field and in the classroom.

Fruta Conquerors Head Coach Sampson Gilbert (right) interacts with Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister Hugh Todd

Head Coach Sampson Gilbert said the team were looking forward to support from the Government and other stakeholders.
“I want to welcome the Minister. It is a good gesture, as a Government, it is totally necessary that we have these kinds of interactions to have better society where the people are confident in the Government, so that the Government could make commitments to the people.
“I really appreciate this and I am looking forward for the support. I am indeed looking forward to develop a very potent relationship with the Minister and the Government as a whole. The Government and the people are supposed to be one, and this is testimony of Government reaching out to the people to bridge that gap,” he told the Department of Public Information (DPI). This year will be the club’s second opportunity to participate in the CONCACAF tournament, having participated back in 2019. Gilbert said his team looked forward to delivering a much better performance this time around. (DPI)