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Persons who are holders of a First Citizens Bank (FCB) Link Card or Credit Card will be admitted to games in the FCB Cup competition of the T&T Professional Football League (T&TPFL) free of charge.

And, members of staff at FCB will also enjoy the same benefit once an identification card is produced at the entrance.

These announcements were made yesterday when the FCB Cup was launched at FCB Offices on Abercromby Street in Port of Spain.

Chief Executive Officer of the T&T PFL Larry Romany stated that the bank will be ploughing $130,000 into the competition, which kicks off next week Friday (Sept 17) with double-headers at Larry Gomes Stadium in Malabar and Manny Ramjohn Stadium in Marabella.

The sum shows an increase of $35,000 from last year when CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh walked away with the first prize.

The champion team will receive $35,000 and the FCB Cup with the runner-up getting $25,000, third placed $20,000, fourth placed $16,000 and the four losing quarter-finalists $6,000 each.

In addition, players will have the opportunity to walk away with $500 each game for the “Most Valuable Player” and at the end of the competition the leading goal scorer will receive 500.

Jabloteh will begin their defence against Defence Force in the first match ( 5 pm) at the Eastern venue with North East Stars meeting Tobago United in the second match (7 pm).

Last year’s beaten finalist Vibe CT 105 W Connection will open against South-West Drillers at the Southern venue (7 pm) with Starworld Strikers opposing Arima Morvant Fire first at 5 pm.

In order to enhance spectator interest, the FCB Cup is also set to create entertainment and excitement with larger prizes being offered in the Rhythm Section competition (first prize $5,000, second $3,000 and third $2,000).

Staff members from various FCB branches across the country will also be involved in a penalty kicks shootout at half-time in matches. They will be battling for a $1,000 prize.

Patrons will also be be given free KFC give-aways and peanuts. “We are trying to get the crowds involved in football, “ said Romany. “We are also appealing to steelbands and rhythm sections to get involved.”

Damien Cooper, Manager of Products and Sales (Trust and Assets), said FCB commended the Pro League for treating football in T&T with the respect and dedication it deserves.

“We applaud your efforts to expand its horizons and turn the local game into a much bigger attraction,” Cooper added.

FCB Cup first round:

Fri, Sept 17 - Larry Gomes Stadium:
San Juan Jabloteh v Defence Force (D), 5 m.
North East Stars v Tobago Utd (A), 7 pm.

Fri, Sept 17 - Mannie Ramjohn Stadium:
Starworld Strikers v Arima Morvant Fire (C), 5 pm.
Vibe CT 105 W Connection v South West Drillers (B), 7 pm.

Fri, Sept 24:
Winner A v Winner D, 7.15 pm; Winner B v Winner C, 5 pm, Manny Ramjohn Stadium (semi-finals).

Fri, Oct 1:
Final, 7.15 pm; 3rd and 4th play-off, 5 pm, Manny Ramjohn Stadium.