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The 2017 edition of the popular Caribbean Welders 9-a-side Fishing Pond Football League kicks off on July 1 with teams vying for the first prize of $30,000.

Chief organiser Prakash Ramkissoon yesterday thanked profusely the Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan for fulfilling his promise of commencing the paving of the North Oropouche road which had been in dire need of repair.

Ramkissoon said the deteriorating state of the road had affected the league last year with a few regular teams deciding not to participate.

He noted though that the Fishing Pond road has not yet been paved for several years and is also in need of attention. Ramkissoon expressed gratitude to title sponsor Caribbean Welders and its Managing Director Peter Park for again donating the first prize and continuing to partner with the league which has been going strong for over a decade.

He said plans to introduce a women’s league continue to be shleved because there is no proper changing faciloity for female players at the ground.

He reiterated his call for floodlights to be installed at the Fishing Pond Recreation Ground which he says is a hub of activity year-round with cricket and football. Second- place for this year’s football will take home $7,000 and a trophy with the third-place team getting $3,000 and a trophy.

The winner of the round robin stage will get $1,000 and the Raffie “Morock” Mohammed Trophy.

There will also be trophies for MVP, Golden Boot, First Hat-trick, Most Disciplined Team, Best Defender, Best Goalkeeper etc.

The league opens July 1 with the annual march past of teams.

The march past winner will get $1,000 and a trophy. Registration is $2,500 per team which includes 14 players. Any additional player registered costs $300.

The deadline for registration is June 20. For more info call Ramkissoon at 339-6778.