LIME pumps $2.2m into Super Cup
Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
Telecommunications company LIME has stepped up sponsorship of schoolboy football with the introduction of the Super Cup knockout football competition valued at $2.225 million.
The inaugural LIME Super Cup will see a total of 16 schools battling for prize money and the trophy. The top-eight schools after the completion of the Manning Cup preliminary stage, that is the seven zone winners and best overall second-place finisher, in addition to the top-eight winners of the daCosta Cup Inter-Zone Round will compete in the competition.
The 16 teams in the first round will be guaranteed $25,000 each, after which the eight quarter-finalists will receive $50,000 each. Then, each of the four semi-finalists will get $100,000 and the two finalists stand to earn $200,000 each.
ultimate champions' prize
And, the ultimate champions will walk away with a replica of the LIME Super Cup trophy and $625,000.
The competition will be played on four weekends, starting on October 18 to November 8 with double-headers at four venues - WesPow Park in Montego Bay, St James; Juici Beef playing field in Clarendon; the National Stadium; and Sabina Park.
The LIME Super Cup is 100 per cent Swedish crystal.
Carlo Redwood, LIME vice-president of marketing, said the initiative is intended to settle the dispute as to the best schoolboy team of the season.
"Football rivalry is very passionate among schoolboys. We are talking about friendly rivalries which is always good for football," Redwood told the gathering at the LIME Super Cup launch yesterday at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.
"Manning vs daCosta Cup, who dominates, is it rural or urban? That will be answered," he said.
"But, who has been the better team each year? We think that has not been answered. Hence, LIME, in association with ISSA (Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association) has come with this innovation in schoolboy football - the LIME Super Cup," Redwood disclosed.
There will be no charge to enter the games, but spectators must have complimentary tickets in order to attend games.
President of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), Captain Horace Burrell welcomed the idea of having the game played on some of the best surfaces available in Jamaica.
"Today is very special because of this initiative. Simply put. This is sheer brilliance. I think LIME has done something special," an excited Burrell pointed out.
Meanwhile, two former stars in the schoolboy competitions backed the introduction of the LIME Super Cup.
"This is big for football in Jamaica. This LIME Super Cup is a great initiative. It speaks to consistency to see the best team," Lenworth 'Teacher' Hyde, technical director of football at Kingston College, added. Hyde is a former Clarendon College daCosta Cup star.
Andrew Price, who was a member of St George's College championship team in 1984, also praised LIME.