Holy Family win inaugural KSAFA U-10
The inaugural Guardian Life/KSAFA Under-10 football competition at Football Factory in Barbican, St Andrew, at the weekend has been described as a huge success and the direction in which youth football should be heading.
Holy Family won the tournament contested by 18 clubs. MVP Zaire Douse, starred in the competition, topping the scoring chart with nine goals, and Holy Family assistant coach Christopher Richardson, gave the initiative a big thumps up and called for even lower age group competitions. "It feels really good to be the first team to win this competition. We must be happy, the boys are elated. Over the two days, we played some really good teams and some really tough games. But head coach Miss Carlene (Raphalita Bonner) does a wonderful job with the boys, and it just paid off in the end," he said.
"This is the way football should be going in Jamaica from the grassroots. I wish they had an under-seven and under-nine (competition) and have these young players playing football right throughout the year," he added.
Holy Family defeated Liguanea 2-1 in the final on Douse's double strike. They stopped Norbrook 3-2 on penalties in the semi-finals after defeating Duhaney Park 2-0 in the quarter-finals. Liguanea beat Tivoli 2-0 in the semi-finals and Santos by the same score in the quarter-finals.
All group winners (Holy Family, Norwood, Liguanea and Maxfield) received $9,000, while the champions collected $70,000, second place received $60,000, third place $50,000, and fourth place $40,000.
KSAFA president Wayne Shaw said the tournament ticked all the correct boxes and promised an even bigger and better second competition come August.
"In all it was a good competition and I hope the sponsors will be there for the second staging in August. The next staging will be bigger and better. Just listening to the feedback, there will be a lot more clubs in the summer, so congratulations to all the teams that participated in the KSAFA Under-10, it was really a success," Shaw stated.
Annette Atkinson, senior manager of Corporate Affairs and Communications at Guardian Life, made a long-term commitment to its sponsorship of the competition. "I was extremely pleased. I was able to watch the final and, collectively, Jamaica abounds with talent at every level, so congrats to KSAFA for pulling this off. They are capturing the talent at a very important stage of their lives, and Guardian Life is extremely pleased with the outcome. I think Guardian Life is definitely on board for the long run," she said.