Fruta Conquerors, Santos looking to lift Limacol trophy
By Jemima Holmes
For the third time this year, Santos FC and Fruta Conquerors Under-20 teams will be involved in a monumental clash in order to prove which team is the better of the two. With 5 days before the fiery final is contested, the captains of the two teams expressed their intentions for the Limacol final on Sunday, at a press briefing on Tuesday.
“I classify this match as one of the grudge matches of the decade. Because these two teams would have met in the recently concluded Under 20 tournament hosted by the GFF, and the beat each other one. So I think this game is one to decide who is the best team and I know they too are touting who will be the best.”
Those were the words of Petra Co Director Troy Mendonca as he shared his expectations for the upcoming Limacol football final which is sure to be an exhilarating one.
Out of a pool of 14 other Senior football teams (16 teams in all), the two that proved their worth and endurance over the past weeks were the only two Under 20 Squads in the competition.
Both Santos and Fruta Conquerors have had blemish less records in this year’s Limacol tournament, with their more difficult games coming in the semifinal, which both went down to penalty shootout. However, the toughest game yet will surely be the final clash on Sunday October 20, as they reignite their rivalry which has been ongoing all year.
The two sides met earlier this year in the Georgetown edition of the KFC Under 20 Independence Cup, in which Fruta Conquerors outplayed Santos and won. On the other hand, after both sides made it to the National KFC semifinal, Santos FC had the last laugh as they knocked Fruta Conquerors out of contention.
Looking ahead to the figurative tie breaker, Nicholas Mc Arthur and Marcus Wilson, captains of the respective teams, expressed their intentions to pip the other.
“This is a different team and we want to play a different style of football. But we cannot take these guys any easier, we just need to go out and train. All the players know their abilities and what they have to do,” Mc Arthur explained.
“We just want to come focused in the game and don’t be too over confident because we won the last battle against Conquerors. We have to play as a team and concentrate on what we have to do and try to come out successful,” Wilson revealed.
While the final is the game that most patrons are eagerly looking forward to, the third place playoff between Pele FC and Riddim Squad is also expected to be a thriller. The two games will be contested at the Ministry of Education Ground, Carifesta Avenue on Sunday.
While encouraging football fanatics to come out, Mendonca also took the opportunity to thank everyone involved for making the fourth edition of the tournament successful.
“At this juncture, I just want to thank everyone who gave us support. Players and spectators are very enthusiastic and we have positive feedback throughout this tournament. I want to thank everyone; the supporters, the media, the management and teams, players, the sponsors Limacol and Croxley Paper distributed by WJ Enterprise,” Mendonca stated.
This year’s champion will walk away with $400,000 while second place pockets $200,000. Third and fourth place will receive $100,000 and $50,000 respectively.