FORMER national player Marvalyn Brown will be recognised at today's annual New Year's Day Football Extravaganza which will feature a double-header at Buttercup Park, Real Mona.
Brown, a member of Jamaica's first-ever female team, died earlier last year from breast cancer and will be recognised in the first game between a female masters team from Jamaica and the Dollard Nugent Dragons, a women's team from Montreal, Canada. The game is slated for a 2:30 pm kick-off.
The female masters team will feature Andrea Lewis, one of the pioneers of women's football in Jamaica, June Cover-Simpson, Nicole 'Schillachi' Berwise, Taniesha 'Tootsie' Francis and two top female referees.
The Canadian team, which also visited last year, is on an annual tour where it provides philanthropic support to individuals and groups in need, while using the opportunity to play games as well.
They will be focusing on St Thomas and the western end of the country this year.
The feature game at 4:00 pm pits together the Real Mona Invitational team against a Masters & Celebrities outfit.
Some of the individuals slated for participation on the Masters & Celebrities unit are DV Hayles, Rudolph Speid, Jah Mikes, Byron Earle, Courtney Walsh, Lincoln Taffe, Marvin Chin, Raymond Smith, Lance Whittaker, Audley Boyd, Ian Burnett, Lukie D among others, while Gerry Murray, Howard McIntosh, Lennox Robinson, Ian Bond, Peter Lee, Louie Matalon, Chris Williams, Peter Prendergast, among others are down to compete for Real Mona Invitational.