Shell Football Cup to kick off April 1989

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Jamaica Gleaner

THE Shell sponsored Caribbean Cup football competition will kick off in April 1989.

Delegates from 15 football associations in the region and the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) as well as representatives of participating Shell Companies agreed at a meeting in Barbados, over last weekend, on the organisational structure, basic format and timing of the competition.

President of the CFU, Jack Warner, was appointed chairman of the competition's organising
committee. Warner endorsed the new competition and promised to seek the support of FIFA and CONCACAF for the Shell sponsored tournament.

The meeting agreed on a 3-zone format with the inaugural competition to run from April to June 1989.

In his address to the region's football fraternity, Peter Lane, General Manager of Shell Antilles and Guianas Limited, expressed pleasure with the level of enthusiasm and support which the competition had received from the football associations and governments of the
region. Lane said the purpose of the sponsorship was to improve the quality of the game by providing a large number of matches in which top class football could be used.

So far 13 of the 17 football associations invited to participate have formally accepted. The countries are Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia, St. Kitts/Nevis, Antigua, Guyana, Grenada, Aruba, Curacao, St. Maarten, the British Virgin Islands, Jamaica and Dominica.