High Voltage 'shock' as LIME Street Football Portmore champs
HIGH Voltage electrocuted all their opponents to claim $100,000 and the title of Portmore parish champions in the first stop of the LIME Street Football Challenge which kicked off on Saturday.
The eight-man team who are students of the Electrical Engineering programme at the Portmore HEART Academy missed out as one of the 16 teams originally selected by LIME, but made their way into the competition after a team failed to show on match day.
After three exciting elimination rounds, the exciting 20-minute final ended in a 1-1 draw between High Voltage and the Hellshire United team.
The game then went into a three-minute overtime period and saw High Voltage jolting their opponents 2-1 in the first minute, a lead which they secured to the end to claim the top prize.
Johnoi Thomas, captain of the winning team, outlined that this is step number one, as they will be going for the overall championship.
"I can't even explain it, but we feel very great. Teamwork makes the dream work as this was a lot of teamwork, and we will be training hard as we are looking to take the national championship as well," he said.
Vivian Forsythe from the 'Young Madrid' team won the leading goalscorer award for the day's event.
Carlo Redwood, vice-president of Marketing at LIME, said the telecoms company is very pleased with the first showing of the competition.
"The energy and enthusiasm displayed by both the players and the spectators are very encouraging. We wanted to capture the authenticity of 'roadside' play while presenting the game in an exciting and entertaining manner and I believe we have achieved that," he pointed out.
The overall national champion will receive the ultimate grand prize of $1 million and an all-expense paid trip to compete in the Guinness Regional Street Football Challenge scheduled for June 2014 in Trinidad and Tobago.
Each parish team will receive a FutSol Size 4 practice ball to facilitate training for the national round, as the ball will be used in the regional competition in Trinidad & Tobago.