The LIME Pelican Football Barbados Challenge was launched last Saturday with the players’ draft at the National Stadium.
All twelve teams from last year are returning and team owners selected up to seven players from the pool of registered footballers to augment their core team of fifteen players.
The teams are: Red Tridents, Bajan Elite, Sportstown Galaxy, Red Snappers, Firehouse, Top Bay Settlers, Combined All Stars, Strike Force, T S Strikers, Bajan Pride, 360 Connection and last year’s champions, Akademiks.
Tournament director Mia Mottley, MP for St. Michael North East and Leader of the Opposition, welcomed back all team owners and thanked them for their ongoing commitment to their players and the tournament.
She also expressed her delight that they were once again playing at the National Stadium, the “home of football” in Barbados.
Mottley reminded all in attendance of the value of the LIME Pelican Challenge to Barbados and Barbadians at this time of the year. She said the teams were paid for each match played, and small boutiques and stores and participating vendors all benefited from an increase in sales of their various products. She added that keen sportsmanship, discipline and teamwork were instilled among the players who were rewarded for their efforts. Matches commence on September 15 at the National Stadium and the final will be played on November 30, Independence Day.
The champions of the tournament will take home the top prize of $100,000, the largest single prize purse in local football competitions. (PR)