By Ras WadadaTHE Guyana Football Federation (GFF) last Friday evening confirmed that two teams will be added to the revised Elite League, the country’s top tier club football competition.The decision to include Upper Demerara’s Top XX and Victoria Kings of East Coast,in the 2nd staging of the Elite League was agreed upon at a lengthy and intense meeting, among the GFF, the original 8 Elite teams and the two newcomers, held at the Federation’s Boardroom.The key fundamental change to this year’s competition is that the Champion will be decided from the two rounds of games and not from a play-off final, as was the case in last season’s inaugural Tournament.The team accumulating the most points at the end of the tournament will be declared the winner. Each team will play a quota of nine games in each of the two rounds of competition where 3 points will be awarded for a win and one for a draw.The increase to ten teams will give fans some additional games for the upcoming season and more importantly, return top flight football to a much starved Linden Community.There is the general belief among stakeholders of the ‘Beautiful Game’ that the move by the GFF to revise the league is a positive one for the development of the sport, in particular the deserved inclusion of a team from the Bauxite Mining Town,where there is a great passion for football and where talent is abundant.One thing for sure is that the financial burden of running the competition will be reduced for the GFF,with increased funding from FIFA and a possible G$20M contribution from Government, as well as Corporate Guyana’s input;the upcoming season promises lots of excitment.However,there is no word forthcoming from the GFF with regards to sponsorship for the League in the new season, or outstanding payments to players from last season.According to a reliable source, a number of issues and proposals were discussed in depth at last Friday night’s meeting, but no date was set for the kick-off of the new season.It is believed that the GFF will study the proposals made by the Elite clubs and work feverishly to pay outstanding cash owed to clubs from the last season,before a date is set for the kick-off of the new season.
(BBC) – Sixteen-year-old American tennis player Coco Gauff has given an emotional speech at a Black Lives Matter protest saying she “demands change now”.Gauff, one of the sport’s rising stars, urged people to vote and speak out against racism, adding: “If you are choosing silence, you are choosing the side of the oppressor.”Protests have been held across the United States and globally since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.Gauff has repeatedly spoken out since.Speaking in her hometown of Delray Beach, Florida, Gauff said it is “sad” she was protesting against the “same thing” her grandmother did “50-plus years ago”.“We must first love each other, no matter what,” Gauff added.“I have spent all week having tough conversations and trying to educate my non-black friends about how they can help the movement.“Second, we need to take action.“I am not of the age to vote – it is in your hands to vote for my future, my brothers’ future and for your future so that is one way to make change.“Third, you need to use your voice no matter how big or small your platform is, you need to use your voice.“I saw a Dr [Martin Luther] King quote that said the silence of the good people is worse than the brutality of the bad people.”She added: “It breaks my heart because I’m fighting for the future for my brothers. I’m fighting for the future of my future kids. I’m fighting for the future of my future grandchildren.”Gauff rose to fame last year when she beat five-time champion Venus Williams at Wimbledon aged 15 in a run to the fourth round.
TP Mazembe have taken a slender lead in their CAF Confederation Cup clash with South African side Super Sport United after the first leg took place at the Stade TP Mazembe in Lubumbashi on Sunday.Adama Traore and Ghanaian midfielder Daniel Nii Adjei scored either side of halftime to give TP Mazembe a 2-1 victory at home while Sipho Mbule’s goal was sandwiched in between their goals thus giving Super Sport United a priceless away goal.Because of the win, TP Mazembe would be expected to start as slight favourites ahead of the second leg clash in South Africa on Saturday, November 25. RelatedCAF Confederations Cup: Club Africain, TP Mazembe Qualify For SemisSeptember 25, 2017In “Africa”TP Mazembe Hold Off Super Sport To Retain CAF Confederation Cup TitleNovember 26, 2017In “Africa”2017 CAF Confederations Cup: Super Sport United Through To SemisSeptember 24, 2017In “Africa”