No more licks!
Former “Strike Squad” star Leonson Lewis is promising to end a two-year losing streak for the Wired868XI veterans on Saturday in the fourth annual Wired868 Football Festival from 3 pm on Saturday January 2 at the UWI SPEC ground in St Augustine.
Wired868 will again tackle an Invitational XI, organised by former national player and FA Trophy winner Darin Lewis, in the feature event, which kicks off at 3.30 pm.
The Football Festival brings together former national youth and senior players from different eras in a spirit of fun and camaraderie and also gives football fans and Wired868’s readers a chance to join the lime.
Admission is free and there will be entertainment from a house DJ as well as a bouncy castle and miniature golf for children.
“(The Wired868 Football Festival) is always fun because you play with a lot of talented players and against a younger bunch of skilful players,” Lewis told Wired868. “The competition is close and always fun.”
Lewis will again be partnered by former Strike Squad teammates Clayton Morris and Hutson Charles, Portugal 1991 World Youth Cup duo Anthony Sherwood and Roger Henry, ex-St Lucia and W Connection star Earl Jean and former 2007 and 2009 World Youth Cup coach Anton Corneal.
But Wired868 have also added former UK-based professional and Caribbean Cup winner Anthony Rougier and Women Soca Warriors captain Maylee Attin-Johnson to their ranks.
At the other end, Lewis’ Invitational XI includes former national stand-outs Brent Rahim, Arnold Dwarika, Gary Glasgow, Ancil Elcock, Women Soca Warriors midfielder Janine Francois and World Cup 2006 squad player David Atiba Charles.
Wired868 is grateful to sponsors Cascadia Hotel, Toyota, All Sport Promotions, Massy Stores and Carib for again contributing to this fun event.
Sport Minister Darryl Smith, “Soca Warriors” coach Stephen Hart and Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president David John-Williams are among the special guests for the Football Festival. And at least one of the trio will play.
But they will have to pull their weight.
“We plan to win but bringing a new goalkeeper into our squad and also some new defensive players,” said Lewis, with a laugh. “Our team always scores goals. But we also concede a lot of soft goals as well!”