24 June 2016- After a thrilling couple of qualifying legs and an excellent display of skill, tenacity and pure determination, 16 teams, from community leagues around the island, have qualified for the local finals of the Guinness Street Football Challenge.
The Challenge, which saw Veterans from Castries capturing the title of Regional Champions in 2015 makes the list of finalists again with: Rovers, Ghetto Youths, U.T.L, Yo Pe, Agard, Italist, Last Minute, Crank Boyz, Winsville Empire, Ti La We, Snipers, Soccer Stars, Die in Da Ring, Can’t Take your Cries and Fantastic.
The winning local team will win a prize of $6000 EC dollars and a spot amongst other regional finalist teams.
Speaking on the journey to the local finals thus far, Guinness Brand Manager, Rohan Lovence congratulated all the teams who made the final 16, noting how much of a gruelling process it was and further commended all the other players who participated in qualifying legs throughout the past weeks.
“Saint Lucia has an intense love for sports, particularly football. It is the sport that most young men play first, it’s almost instinctual. I am eager to see who will become the local champion team and I am also confident, that on July 2nd and 3rd, Saint Lucia will defend its title, fiercely, against the other 9 country teams.”
The Regional finals will take place next weekend on July 2nd and 3rd at The Ramp in Rodney Bay and will see 9 country teams try their best to dethrone reigning champions, Saint Lucia.
International Football player and Manchester United Legend, Dwight Yorke as well as International freestyler from Sweden Philip Gertsson are currently enlisted as Ambassadors for Guinness Street Football Challenge, which is now in its sixth year.
The winner of the Guinness Street Football Challenge will receive among other prizes, an all expenses paid trip to Brazil, the home of football to see a major game in Rio di Janeiro.
The public is encouraged to come out to support their favourite local teams this Sunday and Team Saint Lucia next weekend at the Regional Finals.