The next WestTel Five-a-side football season is set to kick off today. The season is certain to see some of the top performers from the previous edition looking to repeat or improve on their performances.
The previous season saw Paramount claim division two in convincing fashion with a 4-0 win over HSBC.
Goals were scored by Emmanuel Brown with two, Damion Spencer and Patrick Morrison.
According to Sheron Whilby, the league presented a steep learning curve for the Paramount players.
‘The majority of players on the team are outdoor football players who did not know indoor football was a whole different ballgame,’ she said.
However the team adapted quickly, claiming the championship in their first season in the league.
Whilby also thanked the team’s sponsor, Paramount, and brothers Kenny, David, Paul and Gary Ebanks for believing in the rookie team.
‘We are looking forward in defending our title in the upcoming League and encourage more teams to participate because the league is very disciplined and encourages excellent sportsmanship,’ said Whilby.
Marius Gaina, captain of runners up HSBC, was very happy with his team’s performance.
‘The team is successful simply because our players are skilled, always willing to play and are highly committed to the team,’ he said.
The team was started purely as a social activity for HSBC staff, but soon grew competitive enough to challenge for division honours.
‘We never realized we’d come this far. We still just play for fun, but the team has become very strong and we look forward to what we can achieve next season,’ said Gaina.
Division 1 was no less hotly contested, with RCC Strikers and Burger King meeting up in the final.
Burger King claimed it in a hard-fought 4-1 encounter to wrap up a very good season.
Although his team lacked a number of key players due to CIFA scheduling conflicts, Antwan Seymour of RCC Strikers was glowing in his praise of Burger King.
‘My hat comes off to team Burger King for a well played game and a great season. Maybe we can meet again.’