W.I. Soccer Tourney Being Arranged

Alva Ramsay
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Jamaica Gleaner


IN HIS ADDRESS on Tuesday night last at a farewell function here for members of the Jamaica soccer team who concluded their series on Tuesday afternoon, Mr. Ken Galt, President of the Caribbean Football Association revealed that plans are now in progress for the staging of a West Indies Football Tournament in preparation for the visit to England next year, by a representative W. I. team.

He added that the tournament will being in Grenada in September and end in British Guiana in April, next year.

"The B.C.F.A. do not intend to restrict the contest of laurels to Jamaica and Trinidad. All the West Indies territories should participate", Mr. Galt said.

Speaking of the result of the recent series, which Trinidad won 2-1, Mr. Galt continued, "I do not think it matters who wins. The spirit of sportsmanship which prevailed is what matters."

Mr. George Abrahams, manager for the Jamaica team said, "A great future lies ahead for West Indies football and I know that all of us are looking forward to building football as our national sport."

No disgrace

Continuing Mr. Abrahams declared, "We return home on Friday with no laurels, having lost the first and second 'Tests' and won the third today; but I am willing to challenge my homesters who say we return in disgrace".

Mr. Abrahams praised the administration of the tournament and singled out Mr. Eric James, Secretary of the Caribbean Football Association as one under whose administration there could be no fear, "The programme was arranged to our satisfaction", he said. Tribute was also paid to the "intelligence of the Trinidad crowds."

Before presenting the cup to the Trinidad skipper, Mr. Constantine jokingly challenged Mr. Abrahams' statement as to "football ever becoming the national sport of the West Indies". Said the former West Indies all-round cricketer: "Football is played with the feet but cricket is played with the head".

The function, held at Tavern-on-the-Green, attracted a galaxy of Trinidad sportsmen, headed by the Hon. Learie Constantine, Minister of Works and Transport, who presented the cup to Robert Hamelsmith, Captain of the victorious Trinidad team.

The Jamaicans go on a tour of the Pitchlake today and will return home tomorrow. Last night they were entertained to dinner at the Lotus Restaurant by Mr. Vernon Charles, Manager of Charles Aerated Water Bottling Works.

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JAMAICA GOAL UNDER PRESSURE: Franz Alexander, Jamaica skipper and centre half (in squared jersey), heads the ball away from Trinidad inside left Ron Gray, during the recent second soccer "Test" between Trinidad and Jamaica. In the Jamaican goal is star custodian Selvyn Murphy.