CEMSS Wins Inaugural Digicel High School Football Cup

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (November 15, 2012) -The Digicel High School Football Cup finished with the scintillating crescendo of ‘Oh oh……. Esalop’ of the staff, students and fans of the Charles E. Mills Secondary School on Saturday 10th November. The team from Sandy Point emerged victorious through another penalty shoot-out against the visibly distraught Cayon High School football team. Both teams fought intensely throughout the 90-minute game, trading chances galore, with the major difference being the heroics of the CEMSS custodian and MVP of the tournament Uzal Hodge, who received a Digicel Samsung Galaxy Android Smartphone with free Internet service.

Digicel Country Manager, Sean Latty, hands over cheque to Deputy Principal of CEMSS MVP of the Digicel High School Football Cup, Uzal Hodge, receives Samsung Galaxy from Digicel Country Manager, Sean Latty

Both defenses marshaled by team captains Shaqkeem Butler (Cayon) and Phillip Richardson (CEMSS) held firm and at the end the final score was 0 – 0. From there it was all CEMSS who put away 4 of their 5 spot kicks and Cayon scored their first two, but was denied by Hodge on the third and missed the fourth. As such, CEMSS supporters and bench stormed the field in jubilation as they became the first Digicel High School Football Champions on a night they will surely remember.

The third placed game was a worthy pre-game as Saddlers High School and Charlestown Secondary met for the second time in this competition – this time in the 11 v 11 format. The teams fought hard in the first half with CSS edging Saddlers in extra time, with a glorious strike from Naeem Liburd beating the Saddlers goalkeeper. Saddlers hammered 5 goals with two being own goals off blunders by the CSS defense, the other goals were scored by George Nolan (2) and the talisman of the tournament Evanseroy Barnes(1) who also recorded 2 assists to go with his solitary strike.

The CEMSS team hoists the first ever Digicel High School Football Cup trophy

The three top teams received medals for their performances with CEMSS receiving the first ever Digicel High School Football Cup Championship trophy and a contribution of $1,000.00 toward the school’s sporting department.

According to Kenneth Bobb, Customer Experience Manager at Digicel St. Kitts and Nevis, “Digicel is a very proud sponsor of the Digicel High School Football Cup and is committed to making this event bigger and better in the coming years.”

Digicel acknowledges the sponsorship of TDC and Development Bank as well as the support of the Ministry of Sport and the SKNFA for their involvement, as well as staff and students of all the high schools for conducting themselves as worthy representatives, which allowed for an incident-free tournament with lots of excitement.

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