Samuel pleased with Boys U-16 football tourney revival

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ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Coach Micah Samuel, who is a member of the organising committee, said he is quite pleased to have revived the Keithley “KS” Sheppard Under-16 Boys Football Tournament.

Following a 10-year break, the regional tournament was staged at Dredge Bay in Antigua last weekend.

Samuel said although he is a bit disappointed that Nevis was the only overseas entity amongst six participating teams, he is quite happy to see the regional competition, which started in 1994 and was last hosted in Antigua in 2002, returned to the national sporting calendar.

“Well I feel very proud to know that we brought the tournament back on stream. However, I was a little disappointed as it relates to the amount of teams we had from overseas,” Samuel said.

“We only had one solitary team from overseas, which was Nevis. The other overseas teams that showed interest initially sighted their youngsters having to participate in exams at their various schools so they were unable to make the journey to Antigua.

“However, I am still pretty pleased that we were able to put on this tournament even though it was a scaled down tournament from what we anticipated at first.”

FBO 2000 Villa Lions won the six-team round robin tournament by virtue of winning all their five matches. The Antigua & Barbuda Under-14 team finished second while Gray’s Greene captured third place.

Javaughn “Bozo” Stevens of Antigua Under-14 team was named the Most Valuable Player of the Tournament. Stevens also claimed the golden boot award for scoring the most goals of the tournament.

The most valuable goalkeeper was Leon Nedd of Antigua Under-14 team. Akalo Andre of Villa Lions was the most valuable midfielder, while the most valuable defender was Shevorn Phillip of Villa Lions.

Billy Stevens of Gray’s Greene won the award for scoring the goal of the tournament.

Sowerby Gomes of Villa Lions took home coach of the tournament award, while Nevis claimed the team’s fair-play award.

The other participating teams were Fort Road and Swetes which finished in the cellar position.


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