Pro League For Carib

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Jamaica Gleaner

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad:

Representatives of some 16 football associations in the Caribbean will meet here on August 9 to discuss plans for the establishment of a Caribbean Professional Football League.

Spokesman for the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association which issued the invitations, said among participants will be representatives from Venezuela and Belize.

The local association held discussions about the matter with England's John Cankin early this week. Cankin came here from England representing World Sports Academy -- the only International Football Consultancy Firm.

Sports Academy limited have recently initiated a Professional League in Saudi Arabia and they hope to do the same in the Caribbean area Cankin said.

Secretary of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association Jack Warner has expressed the view that a Caribbean Professional League will not only improve the standard of football in the region but would also boost employment.

Plans are afoot to stage two matches in San Fernando, South Trinidad and Port Of Spain around Independence time next month to get the Caribbean League started.

The first match will be at Skinner's Park, San Fernando on August 30 with a Trinidad and Tobago eleven playing a Caribbean team.

The other, at the Queen's Park Oval on September one will be a local eleven against the New York Cosmos which will include world famous soccer stars as Brazil's Edson Arantes Do Nascimento (PELE) and Franz Beckenbauer of West Germany.