Intercol 2022: “Caps” appeal Rivers ruling, as Chaguanas “tentatively” set to face Benedict’s tomorrow

The Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) Appeals Committee will determine tomorrow’s 2022 National Intercol quarterfinal match-up, after Carapichaima East Secondary formally protested the decision to suspend them from the competition.

“Caps” defeated Chaguanas North Secondary Secondary 6-5 via kicks from the penalty mark in the Central Zone Intercol final on Monday 21 November, only to then be stripped of their zonal title in the boardroom.

Carapichaima East Secondary midfielder Kaedon Thomas-Robertson (centre) is congratulated by teammates during their Central Intercol semifinal win over Miracle Ministries High on 14 November 2022.
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The SSFL Disciplinary Committee, after a protest by Chaguanas North, declared on Friday 25 November that Carapichaima East goalkeeper Nicholai Rivers was ineligible to play in the schoolboys competition due to restrictions regarding sixth form transfer students.

Rivers was enrolled at lower six at Chaguanas North in September 2020 but subsequently dropped out of school. He was marked absent for all of his exams at the end of the school year.

He then began lower six at Carapichaima in September 2022.

Chaguanas North contend—and the Disciplinary Committee agreed—that his move must be considered a repeat since he accepted a lower six placement at their school.

However, Carapichaima insist Rivers entered their sixth form programme as a new student, based entirely on his CSEC passes. Wired868 understands that the case could hinge on the goalkeeper’s academic activity with Chaguanas North in the 2020/21 school year.

Carapichaima East Secondary goalkeeper Nicholai Rivers.

SSFL president Merere Gonzales did not give a deadline for the Appeals Committee’s ruling on this matter but said only that “due process is being followed”.

He confirmed that an Intercol quarterfinal clash between Chaguanas North and St Benedict’s College is “tentatively carded” for 3.30pm tomorrow at Fatima College ground.

Chaguanas and St Benedict’s were due to play yesterday, just hours after Carapichaima East’s process, but was postponed to adverse weather conditions.

The knock-on effect of that postponement is the Intercol semifinals carded for Thursday 1 December and Friday 2 December will now be played as a double-header at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on Saturday 3 December.

Tobago champions Signal Hill Secondary will face the winner between St Benedict’s College and Chaguanas North—or Carapichaima East—from 3pm on Saturday while Fatima College and Trinity College East clash from 5pm.

St Benedict’s College winger Derrel “Zoom” Garcia celebrates the opening goal against Carapichaima East during SSFL Premier Division action in Couva on 17 September 2022.
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The North Zone Girls Intercol final will also be contested on Wednesday 30 November with St Joseph’s Convent (Port of Spain) tackling Holy Name Convent (Port of Spain) at the St Mary’s College ground on Serpentine Road from 3pm.

National Quarterfinal

(Wed 30 Nov)

Chaguanas North Secondary vs St Benedict’s College, 3.30pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;

Trinity College East attacker Jaheim Faustin.
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National Semifinals

(Sat 3 Dec)

Chaguanas North/ St Benedict’s College vs Signal Hill, 3pm, Hasely Crawford Stadium;

Fatima College vs Trinity College East, 5pm, Hasely Crawford Stadium.

Fatima College goalkeeper Tristan Edwards.
(Copyright Daniel Prentice/ Wired868)

National Final

(Wed 7 Dec)

3pm, TBA

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