MVP Sports Futsal tournament kicks off this Thursday

Twenty-four ward teams will descend on the National Gymnasium this Thursday, October 20, as they vie for a half-a-million grand prize in the MVP Sports Futsal tournament. Organised by Petra and supported by ANSA McAL and the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport, this year’s tournament will be seeing more than just men on the tarmac.

MVP Sports’ Ian Ramdeo hands over the sponsorship cheque to Petra’s Nareeza Latif in the presence of DoS Steve Ninvalle, ANSA McAL’s Errol Nelson and Petra’s Troy Mendonca

The fifth edition of the Petra tournament will introduce female teams to the fast-paced futsal discipline.
With four female teams set to compete, MVP Sports proprietor Ian Ramdeo was especially elated with their inclusion.
“MVP Sports is very happy to partner with Petra on this and the other sponsors on board and stakeholders, because we feel that football, among other sports, needs to be developed at a youth and grassroots level,” Ramdeo shared.
“I’m very pleased to see that there’s a female component of this tournament as well. So, that’s something that I don’t think, as far as I’m aware, has really been part of major tournaments in Guyana prior to this. So, hats off to you.”
ANSA McAL, being a staple corporate supporter of futsal, expressed its elation at being involved through Beverage Manager Errol Nelson.
Nelson shared, “Just to let you know, we would have signed on to this tournament, because it fits in with the company’s objectives in fostering social cohesion and development. More importantly, it gives youths and persons in the communities and wards a chance to display their talents.”
“Over the years, we have been pleased with the work being done by the Petra Organisation in its quest to help develop the sport of football. As such, we give our full support towards the achievement of this mandate,” Nelson said.
With glowing words for the organisers, Director of Sport (DoS), Steve Ninvalle assured of the Government of Guyana’s blessing for the tournament.
Ninvalle shared with the gathering on Monday afternoon, “What the inter-ward football does, it paths a way for persons who are not in the club structure to become part of organised football and we would want to support that. We like the initiative that Petra have set, we like the standard that Petra has set and we want to congratulate and hope that they can keep up those very high standards.”
The likes of Sparta Boss, Gold is Money, Back Circle and Bent Street, among others, will be competing for a $500,00 grand prize. Second place will pocket $300,000, while third place collects $200,00 and fourth place $100,000.
On the distaff side, the Guyana Police Force, Guyana Defence Force, Fruta Conquerors and Santos’ women’s teams will compete in the female tournament for a $200,000 first prize. Second, third and fourth place will be rewarded with $100,000, $50,000, and $25,000 respectively.
Complete list of male teams:
East Front Road
Festival City
Pike Street
Alexander Village
Tiger Bay
Vengy FC
North Ruimveldt
Future Stars
Stabroek Ballers
Channel 9
Leopold Street
Avocado Ballers
Sparta Boss
Back Circle
Gold Is Money
Bent Street
Vryheid’s Lust
Swag Entertainment
Black Stallion