Guyana’s first ever national U20 club tournament — the GFF/KFC U20 Independence Cup — kicks off today with a special double-header event at the GFF National Training Centre at Providence.
The East Bank Football Association leg of the national knockout bonanza starts with a clash between Timehri Panthers and Agricola Red Triangle at 14:00 hrs, which follows the tournament launching ceremony at 13:00 hrs.
“We are delighted to kick off this historic tournament with this incredible support from KFC at our new home of football at Providence this weekend,” said GFF President Wayne Forde.
“The GFF-KFC U20 Independence Cup is going to capture the imagination of football fans by showcasing up-and-coming talent across the country. We urge all communities to come out and support their young players.”
Sponsored by international restaurant brand KFC, part of the Beharry Group of Companies, the U20 tournament is a crucial component of the GFF’s 2015-2019 strategy to establish national club competitions for all youth development age groups from U13 to U20.
“This youth tournament is another good initiative and a step in the right direction for our football,” said Timehri Panthers U20 Head Coach Delon Williams.
“It’s great to have KFC on board, and to have their support to make this happen.”
Agricola Red Triangle U20 Head Coach Colin John said: “This is a very important (tournament), as it gives players at U20 level the means to keep playing football. It could change the direction of someone’s life and give our young talent the opportunity to keep improving their technique and skills.”
After the inaugural GFF/KFC U20 Independence Cup match, a selection from the Guyana U17 boys’ national squad will take on Elite League side Den Amstel at 4pm as part of the GFF Technical Department’s preparations for the CONCACAF U17 Championships in May.