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All set for Pelican kickoff

Ezra Stuart

All set for Pelican kickoff

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Barbados’ captain Jeffrey Williams and his national teammate, Riviere Williams, will boost the line-up of EB 5th Ave. Bajan Elite in this year’s LIME Pelican Football Challenge.
The two players were traded after the initial draft for the tournament which starts on Sunday with a triple header at the National Stadium.
The first game at 4 p.m. will see the two champion teams in action as inaugural winners Bajan Pride clash with defending champions Akademiks.
L.G. Strike Force and T.S. Strikers will then clash at 6 p.m., followed by a showdown between Top Bay Settlers and Red Snappers at 8 p.m.
Even though Bajan Elite won’t be in action until September 22 against Scotty’s Tech 4 Less Combined Stars at 4 p.m., there seems to be an air of expectancy with fans eager to see whether the new additions can make the youthful side a force to be reckoned with.
Also joining Bajan Elite, which is owned by Barbados’ international Emmerson Boyce, who led Wigan Athletic to the English FA Cup title last year, are the BDF’s pair of Shamar Edwards and Akeene Browne, as well as Tudor Bridge’s defender Kennyetta Lashley and Carlton’s young midfielder Romario Bryan.
Football fans would be eager to see whether there will be a change in fortunes for Top Bay Settlers this time around after they exited the competition in each of the first two years when controversial penalties were awarded against them.
The Settlers have recruited BDF midfielder Raheim Sargeant and defender Teriq Highland, as well as striker Brett Carrington, who made the national senior team as a teenager.
The Snappers have not made any significant gains apart from a former Barbados defender, Bryan Neblett and Notre Dame striker DeCarlo Jemmott.
Also joining the Snappers is City of Bridgetown goalkeeper Don Ifill, Shawn Hackett, Ron Pile, Kelly Rampersaud and Omar Wiltshire.
Striker Sherwin Success, who missed last year’s tournament, has been drafted by Red Tridents, who have secured goalkeeper Kerry Holder, the MVP of the inaugural touranment in 2011 from 360 Connection.   The Tridents have also chosen Davis Cup tennis star Darian King and teenage Clarke’s Hill striker Aschad Stuart.
With all the teams coming to dethrone Akademiks, they have made some smart additions with two rugged defenders in Barbados’ wing back, Omar Archer and Kevin Padmore.
BDF’s Dario Weir is likely to be the reserve goalkeeper for last year’s Most Valuable Player, Romayne Primus, while other additions are striker Travis Coppin, Jamal Alleyne and Dario Carter. 
Scotty’s Tech 4 Less Combined Stars will have some extra firepower upfront alongside Tristan “Fishy” Parris and teenager Shaquille Boyce with the procurement of Barbados Under-17 striker Shakille Belle and St John Sonnets’ frontman Jason King.
They have also acquired BDF goalkeeper Terry Smith and his teammate Kemar Dottin.
The ever popular Phoenix Toyota UFO Fire House will be boosted by BDF and Barbados defender Jason Lovell, former national junior striker Shane Cox, Ryan Hunte and Shane Codrington.
Without veteran John “Nobby” Parris, who was not among their seeded players and initially not drafted by any of the 12 franchises, L.G. Strike Force have drafted the experienced Paradise and former?Barbados defender Johnathan Straker. There are also six new faces in Hadan Holligan, Mario Alleyne, Jamal Seale, Kishmar Wade, Mario Marshall and Keegan Wade.
T. S. Strikers have added the experienced utility player, John Hawkesworth to their roster as well as Paradise defender Andre Bourne, Dames’ striker Zico Edmee while also boldly picking national under-17 trio, T’shane Lorde, Rosean Brathwaite and Ronaldo Bailey, the son of former Barbados goalkeeper, Horace Stoute.
BDF midfielder Dwayne O’Garro and Cosmos goalkeeper Richard Corbin head the Sports Town Galaxy’s new acquisitions. The others are Dario Ward, Romario Broome, Mario Springer, Carlos Barnett and Dario Burnham.
Bajan Pride, who suffered from the loss of some key players after their 2011 triumph, have drafted Imron Ponteen, Jomo Harewood, Pecos Nurse, Orlando Carew, Zenio Harris and Romario Small.
Veteran Barbados Defence Force and former national goalkeeper Albert Brathwaite heads the list of new players joining 360 Connection where he will take the place of Holder.
The others are Cosmos winger Zico Greaves, Youth Milan midfielder Ramon Greaves, the experienced Dylan Marius, who previously played for Fire House, Mario Williams, Dario Alleyne and promising teenagers Nicholas Jones and Rommel Bynoe.