09 Jun 2012
- Written by JONATHAN RAMNANANSINGH (NEWSDAY)
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The 2012/ 2013 season of the Arima Football League will be declared officially open at the Larry Gomes Stadium, Malabar, next Friday night, from 7 pm.
At the opening, Arima mayor Ghassan Youseph will do the honours of kicking the first ball to bring a highly anticipated start to the competitive season.
Also to be featured on the opening night will be seasoned Pro League club North East Stars, who will do friendly battle against a specially selected Arima Football League President’s XI. There will also be a march past in commemoration of the event from 6.30 pm.
The tournament officially begins on Monday with matches from six and 8 pm respectively. Games will be played every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Teams will be vying for the challenge trophy and the $4,000 pot. Runners-up, third and fourth placed will receive $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000 respectively.
Defending champions, Malabar Super Stars, are expected to face an uphill task this year, as many clubs have vowed to dethrone the current title-holders.
One of the main organisers, Claudius Bobb commended the successes of the previous tournaments. He explained that the competition was always well-received by the public and derives many benefits for the competing teams and surrounding communities.
“This league intends to keep youths out of crime and away from negative influences. We have clubs coming from Sangre Grande, Arouca and Valencia among others, so it touches in various communities in and around the Arima area.
We only want to produce positive results and create stalwart individuals from this league,” he stated.
However, the league organiser still took the opportunity to appeal to corporate Trinidad and Tobago, surrounding businesses and the general public to come on board and support their sporting and social development cause.
The Arima Football League has no main sponsor and Bobb revealed that any form of assistance or sponsorship would go a long way in enhancing and elevating the league as a whole.