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Sponsors endorse affiliation to Alliance/McKay KSAFA Under-20

Published:Wednesday | February 17, 2016 | 2:00 AMMarc Stamp
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The Alliance-McKay Security Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Under-20 competition, which was won by Waterhouse FC last year, is set to get under way tomorrow.

Alliance Finance, which has been supporting KSAFA since 1996, handed over a cheque worth $1 million as title sponsor.

The other title sponsor, McKay Security, contributed $600,000. Western Sports will contribute a set of gear to each participating team for an overall value of $825,000.

Also, former Reggae Boyz striker Khari Stephenson, whose father, Stewart, is the head of KSAFA, has donated three pairs of boots to be presented to the Most Valuable Player, Leading Goalscorer, and Best Defender at the completion of the competition.

RJR Group and KLAS-ESPN Sports Radio will broadcast the games from the quarter-final stage.

Stewart Stephenson said he is grateful to the sponsors for their support.

"This cannot cover the cost of what the clubs need to prepare for competition, but we have done our best," Stephenson said.

Both title sponsors say they are committed to the development of the sport.

"Due to the success last year, we are pleased to continue sponsorship of the Under-20 competition in KSAFA," Arnie Francis, Alliance Finance's general manager, disclosed.

"This competition provides an avenue for the players in their development. We are very passionate about what we do. This is a very good competition," Francis added.

Rodney McPherson, McKay Security's special projects manager, said: "It is good to be associated with this competition for another year. Our contribution is also part of our outreach programme."

KSAFA Competitions Chairman Marc Williams said the competition - whose first-round fixtures were not confirmed at the press conference - serves as a critical part in the development of players.

"To have registered 31 of 33 clubs from KSAFA is a testimony of its importance," Williams shared.

The teams will play in four zones based on their geography. At the completion of the group stage, the top two teams from each zone will advance to the knockout stage.

The champion team will receive $50,000 and the trophy; the beaten finalist is guaranteed $40,000, while the third- and fourth-place teams will earn $30,000 and $20,000, respectively.