Petra/Turbo KO football on the horizon
- Forde credits Petra for revival of GT football
The Guyana Beverage Company Inc. on Tuesday launched its inaugural Turbo Knockout Football Tournament in conjunction with the Petra Organisation at the company’s headquarters in Diamond, East Bank Demerara.
Football in Georgetown is on the rise and at the launching, Managing Director of the beverage company, Robert Selman, shared one of the main reasons behind the entity’s involvement in the tournament.
“We give back to education and sport and one of the main reason we do for sport is because football gives these guys the opportunity to do something instead of being and idle and you know the saying, idle hands find idle things to do.
“We are happy to give back to our community in this way and we are proud to partner with Petra and have the support of the GFF,” Selman noted.
Co-director of the Petra Organisation, Troy Mendonca, noted that his organisation will continue to play its part in growing the game.
“A few months back we set out some goals to see football played and I think the teams and the general fan base has done the game justice.
“With the sponsorship of Guyana Beverages Inc. we believe we will further that cause with the sport more specifically in Georgetown and thus the Turbo knockout tournament was birthed,” Mendonca mentioned.
Meanwhile, President of the Guyana Football Federation, Wayne Forde, while commending Guyana Beverage Company Inc. for its involvement credited the Petra Organisation for its role in reviving football in Georgetown.
“We must commend Petra for the work they have done and I mentioned this a few weeks back that you have been doing great work with the sport, things that our member associations should be doing and we can credit you with almost single handedly reviving football in Georgetown,” Forde stressed.
Sixteen teams will vie for the inaugural crown with action set to kick off on October 4 at a venue yet to be determined.
The tournament will have 11 teams from Georgetown, two each from East Coast and West Demerara and one from the East Bank vying for top honours in the tournament, which is expect to end in the first weekend in November.