Futsal teams to bring A-Game in semi-finals tonight

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The Guyana Football Federation/Kashif and Shanghai year-end Futsal Championship started with 29 teams in December. Weeks later, it’s down to four of the most popular street football teams remaining in the hunt for the title of champions.

In Tuesday night’s semi-finals at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, Sparta Boss will take on Leopold Street followed by Gold is Money versus Bent Street. Game time is 20:00h.

The winners will clash for championship honours on Saturday (January 8) at the same venue.

Looking ahead to the games, Keeran Williams of the Communication Department of the Guyana Football Federation is excited about what can unfold on the penultimate night of the competition.

Keeran Williams of the Communication Department of the Guyana Football Federation

“It has been a remarkable return to Futsal and we’re very pleased with the quality of play we’ve seen so far and the participation from across the country,” Williams outlined in an interview with News Room Sport.

Semi-final one between Sparta Boss and Leopold Street is one Williams believes both teams would have to bring their A-Game to prevail.

“Both teams are packed with superstars; very popular football names. Sparta Boss has the likes of Curtez Kellman and Nicholas McArthur who both recently were playing internationally. They also have the experience of Gregory ‘Jackie Chan’ Richardson and Devon Charles in goal and a lot of other quality players,” Williams highlighted.

“Leopold Street has been really strong throughout this tournament. Leopold Street would have played more games in this tournament so they would have had more experience and more time to gel. They have the seniority of Quincy Adams, young Darren Niles, Nicholas Andrew, Sese Norville and a lot of experience around those young guns, so we expect Leopold Street would be holding their own to.”

Semi-final two between Gold is Money and Bent Street is also tipped to be a competitive encounter, as both sides would look to suit up for this weekend’s final.

“Gold is Money has Trayon Bobb and anywhere he is you’ve got to look out for that team; there is Cecil Jackman, there is Marcus Wilson. For Bent Street, Daniel Wilson has been holding it real solid and of course Pernell Shultz, Clive Nobrega and so on, so it’s going to be an incredible game,” Williams commented.

The champion side will pocket G$1 million, runners-up G$500,000, third G$200,000 and fourth G$100,000.

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