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Former national stars to line up for Barita Masters Invitational Football Festival

Published:Saturday | December 10, 2016 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke
Reggae Boyz head coach Theodore Whitmore (centre) is presented with the sponsor's cheque for the fifth staging of the Barita Masters Invitational Football Festival. Making the presentation are Barita branch manager Genieve Harty (left) and Nadine Falconer, operations and client officer, Barita.

Western Bureau:

Reggae Boyz head coach Theodore 'Tappa' Whitmore heads a star-studded field of former national players down to take part in the Barita-sponsored Drax Hall Masters Invitational Football Festival on Sunday, December 18.

Whitmore will be joined by the likes of Norman Foster, Hector Wright and Warren Barrett.

Teams taking part include Portland Masters, Los Perfectos, St Ann Masters, Kingston Commissioners, Harbour View and title holders Violet Tourers of Montego Bay.

Violet Tourers won the title 3-2 on penalty kicks in the finals last year over Browns Town. The teams had played out an entertaining 1-1 draw in regulation and extra time. While Violet Tourers boast the bulk of former national players, the other clubs also have their compliment of stars in their line-up.

Byron Earle, Kevin HoSang, Donald Stewart and Christopher Powell will also be on show.

Barita have sponsored the tournament to the tune of $100,000. Associate sponsors include Clinicare Pharmacy, Smoke Marlin Restaurant, UG's Cellular and Selbys Transport.

St Ann Masters, Harbour View and Los Perfectos will play out of Zone A while defending champions Violet Tourers are joined by Portland Masters and Kingston Commissioners in Zone B.

The winners of each zone and the runners-up will advance to the semi-finals, where the winners will meet to decide the champions.