9 th March, 2017; Georgetown:
The Guyana Football Federation and the “Thunderbolt Flour Power” Guyana Under-17 Boy’s National Team on Thursday 9th March paid a courtesy visit to the headquarters of the National Milling Company of Guyana (NAMILCO) to say thank you for the company’s support in delivering Guyana’s first nationwide Under-17 league system.
The GFF-NAMILCO “Thunderbolt Flour Power” National Under-17 League was launched last year as part of the GFF’s plans to bring more private sector sponsorship into football and to focus on laying strong foundations for the future success of the sport through a sustainable network of youth leagues.
Earlier this month, the national Under-17s competed admirably against traditionally-strong, French-speaking Caribbean teams in the Tournoi Paul Chillan in Martinique, winning the Fair Play Award and defeating regional powerhouse Haiti 3-1.
“We are so proud when we read about your successes, and to know that NAMILCO has played a part in your success,” NAMILCO Managing Director Bert Sukhai told the team.
“We are already starting to see the measure of success that it (the league) is bringing to Guyana.” GFF Competitions Director Ian Alves said NAMILCO’s five-year commitment to support the Under-17 leagues in each of the nine GFF Member Associations would be transformative for the future of football in Guyana.
“This is helping youth football in terms of the consistency, in terms of us being able to upkeep programmes for youth football,” Alves said. “Matches were played in all of the Member Associations over the period.” NAMILCO’s Financial Controller Fitzroy McLeod urged the boys to stay focused and to work hard to reach their full potential as players and as a team.
“You are the first batch of a group of participants in a programme that we believe can change the landscape of Guyana’s football,” McLeod said. “The objective is to see Guyana’s football develop and to get it to that point, that status, internationally that we think it is capable of occupying, that does credit to the talent that is available.”
The team received a selection of NAMILCO products as a reward for their performances in Martinique, and was treated to some tasty pholourie, freshly-prepared in the NAMILCO kitchens. GFF Youth Development Officer and the Head Coach of the “Thunderbolt Flour Power” Guyana Under-17 Boy’s National Team Bryan Joseph said the support of NAMILCO had been instrumental in the accelerated development of the current team.
“Because of what NAMILCO has done, we were able to put together such a good squad to Martinique,” Joseph said. “What we are really grateful for is the fact that, for the first time, our under-17 players were able to go into an international tournament off of the back of playing competitively locally.”