COEMA joins KFC and Petra for Goodwill Football Series


COEMA Construction and Services Inc. on Thursday joined hands with KFC and the Petra Organisation to pull off the year-end Goodwill Football Series. The six-team competition is slated for December 14-22.

The mother company of COEMA, located Brazil, has 25 years experience in road and civil construction. The company has been in Guyana for the past two and half years and recently completed the main avenue in Lethem.

On Thursday, company officials, including Founder Aurelio Sella, Admin Manager Mario Salvadore and Operations Manager Derek Melville Jekir joined with the Petra Organisation officials to signal their entry into local football.

“Our company is very happy to receive this invitation from the Petra Organisation as to sponsoring the KFC Goodwill tournament as co-sponsors. One of our mottos as a company (is) we look forward to being able to participate in the development of the community and sports within Guyana,” Jekir outlined.

“No matter what region it is, as long as we could help (we would). We would in the future be looking forward to participating more in these kinds of activities.”

Co-director of the Petra Organisation, Troy Mendonca, welcomed the company to local football, and touched on the positive impact sponsorship packages like these would have on communities.

“We’re investing in our future human resources. These players, time and time again, we see them being leaders in their own rights, and a tournament like this will definitely enhance their profile as players and even as individuals,” Mendonca reckoned.

Mendonca, whose Petra Organisation has been a proactive force in promoting youth and schools football in the city, expounded on the format of this year’s competition, which has five playing days.

The six teams will be placed in two groups of three, playing each other once in the group. The winner and runner-up of each group will advance to the semi-finals.

Four of the six teams have been confirmed, namely defending champions Shiva Boys of Trinidad and Tobago, USL Montjoly of French Guiana and hinterland teams Annai Secondary and Waramadong Secondary.

The winner and runner-up of the ongoing GuyOil Under-18 League will advance to this competition.

“As the points standings would indicate, it would more than likely be Annandale and Lodge coming out of that process,” Mendonca divulged.

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