The Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA)/Jamaica Yellow Pages Jackie Bell Knockout competition resumes today, with two Red Stripe Premier League teams entering at the Round of 16.
In one of three scheduled first-leg games, Premier League side Tivoli Gardens FC tackle Super League outfit Olympic Gardens FC at Edward Seaga Sports Complex in west Kingston, starting at 5 p.m. Also on are Bull Bay FC against Barbican FC at Bull Pen, while Police National will face Premier Leaguers Boys' Town FC at Shortwood. Both games kick off at 3 p.m.
The competition started early November with the Super League, Major League and Syd Bartlett teams. Now after a one-month break, the Premier League clubs from the Corporate Area bow into action as the competition move into a higher gear. The Round of 16 will be played on a home-and-away format, with the winners on aggregate advancing to the quarter-final stage.
Yellow Pages has pumped in a total of $4 million in its second of a three-year deal.
The winning team is guaranteed $350,000, whereas the runner-up stands to earn $250,000. Third will receive $150,000 and fourth, $100,000. The remaining money is to offset referee fees and administrative costs for the running of the competition.
The Jackie Bell knockout is named in honour of former Jamaica football coach and administrator, the late Winthorpe 'Jackie' Bell. It was started in 1986 after Bell met a tragic end alongside friend Dennis Ziadie that year in an accident while attending the World Cup Finals in Mexico.
The Round of 16 continues tomorrow with two games - Santos vs Arnett at Bell Chung Stadium, starting at 3 p.m.; and University of the West Indies (UWI) vs Rockfort at UWI Bowl, starting at 6 p.m.
The last set of games will be played on Thursday, with Mountain View FC challenging Harbour View at Excelsior High School, beginning at 3 p.m.; Whitfield Town facing Waterhouse at Tinson Pen playing field, starting at 3 p.m.; and Maxfield Park against Cavalier at Maxfield Park, commencing at 3 p.m.
The return games are set for January 15 and 17. Arnett Gardens are the defending champions.
- Marc Stamp