Guinness Street Football more competitive this year
Following a tremendously successful 2015 competition, Guinness Street Football has returned with several local teams taking aiming at the Caribbean title, hoping to reclaim it for Jamaica.
Last year's regional finals were held in Kingston, but it was a St Lucian team which walked away with the grand prize.
Last July, the Kingston-based team Slash Dash were crowned champions of the Guinness Street Football Challenge after defeating Pals All-Star 1-0 in the national final. The team went on to compete in the regional finals where they were knocked out by a St Lucian team which went on to take the Caribbean title. This year's street football teams are competing for a share of almost $2 million, and a chance to show which footballers are 'made of more.'
"The international element of this tournament brings with it a certain prestige as it will give teams a chance to represent Jamaica in another country," said Donald Lyew, tournament director and owner of Creative Sports. This year's finals will take one winning team to St Lucia to compete against teams from across the Caribbean.
"It is considered a chance of a lifetime for most football teams that will enter," said Lyew. The four-a-side contest will host its national finals in May before sending one team off to the regional finals in July.
As teams sharpen their skills for the contest, Lyew said the competition is already getting strong support. "Sign-ups have been tremendous and persons, both players and spectators, can expect to see a very exciting and fun filled tournament."
Westmoreland and Hanover have already named their parish finalists and the contest will move to Ocho Rios this weekend where winners for St. Ann and St Mary will be decided in what promises to be a keenly contested competition.