President of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF), Wayne Forde, expressed delight and satisfaction in the continued progress of the sport when he delivered brief remarks at the launching of the West Demerara leg of the GFF-Pele Alumni Frank Watson U–15 Intra-Association tournament at the Wales Community Centre Ground, West Bank Demerara, last Saturday afternoon.

“This tournament is a critical pillar in the GFF youth development structure and is the second of the nationwide intra-association youth development league first introduced by my administration in 2016,” Mr. Forde informed. He further said that the tournament is countrywide and is being played in all Regional Member Associations (RMAs) to capture untapped talent across the ten regions. The GFF President further disclosed that scouts will be present during the tournament in search for new talent and will work under the direction of the Technical Director, Ian Greenwood.

The scouted players will then be enlisted into the GFF-Scotiabank Academy Training Centres (ATCs) and will be exposed to a national age-specific coaching programme, conducted every week. Three of the RMAs – Rupununi, East Bank and the Upper Demerara – have already launched their leg of the tournament.

Meanwhile, two matches were completed just after the formalities concluded and in the first, Den Amstel FC and Eagles United FC played to a 1-1 stalemate. Matthew Debarias netted for Den Amstel in the 18th minute after weaving his way to the goal and tucking the ball around the advancing (Eagle’s) custodian, Nickel Whyte, while Romel Medas brought the situation back to equilibrium for Eagles United in the 26th minute. In the feature attraction, Wales FC enjoyed a field day over a combined team, triumphing by a 7- 1 margin. Treve Cornnell netted a hat trick for the winners in the 55th, 65th and 68th minutes and was supported by a Telbert Baptiste brace in the 19th and 28th minutes with other contributions.

Akeem Douglas (38th) and Issacc Sampson (45th). Arvin Pollard pulled one back in the 50th minute for the losing team. The action continues next Saturday afternoon at the same venue with another double header; Den Amstel takes on the Combined Team in the supporter to the feature attraction where Wales United tackle Eagles FC.

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