The Creamery Novelties Forty5 Charity Cup will kick off on Sunday 15 December from 5 pm at the Ato Boldon Stadium with a host of exciting local and international football talent and family friendly attractions on show.
The star-studded three-team tournament will be contested by Can Bou Play United, T&T Stars and Deportivo Point Fortin. Each match will last 45 minutes and proceeds will go towards the Can Bou Play Foundation’s social programs in 2020, such as their Sport In Mind – Mental Health Program and Mission Inclusion visits to special-needs schools.
Ex-Liverpool and Wigan goalkeeper Chris Kirkland will be flying in to suit up for team Can Bou Play alongside the likes of former Trinidad and Tobago Men’s National Team stars Kenwyne Jones, Yohance Marshall, Sean de Silva, Julius James and Women’s National Team icons Ahkeela Mollon and Karyn Forbes.
The T&T Stars team will also be bringing the star power as Kevin Molino, Jan-Michael Williams, Joevin Jones, Alvin Jones and Kimika Forbes have already signed up to run out for the Derek King coached outfit.
Former T&T National Team midfielder Hughtun Hector will skipper the final team, Deportivo Point Fortin, which also boasts Weslie John, Justin Sadoo, Andrei Pacheco and Andre Toussaint.
Deportivo’s celebrity technical director and comedian Keevan ‘Keevo’ Lewis believes that his team has what it takes to take the inaugural title and is not too concerned with Can Bou Play generating the most buzz in the build-up.
“I have noticed that the popular vote goes to a certain team,” said Keevo. “If they think they ‘canboulay’ Deportivo, they have thought wrong.
“I wish the other team the best as well. A very fitting name, as stars is what they shall be seeing all night!”
Never one to back down from a contest, Can Bou Play United celebrity technical director MX Prime of the Ultimate Rejects retorted: “We shall deport Deportivo! And no stars will align because we have a united Can Bou Play, so prepare for a beating my dear friends!”
Not to be left out of the fun, the brightest talents from the Secondary School’s Football League will have a chance to play alongside their heroes. But first they will have to be selected through an online voting competition to be drafted at the official NLCB Draft for the Charity Cup.
The top six voted SSFL players from a shortlist of 21 individuals will be placed into the draft pool with two SSFL all-stars being allocated per team. After which, the final spots on each roster will be filled by other specially invited players and celebrities who have thrown their hat into the ring. They will be drafted by the head coaches and celebrity TDs on Draft Day, which is carded for Thursday 12 December.
Tickets for the Creamery Novelties Forty5 Charity Cup are priced at $70 for adults, $40 for children and $100 for the Golden Ticket, which entitles the holder to a chance at winning the grand prize on match day. These can be purchased at Fan Zone (Chaguanas and Movietowne POS), Ultimate Indoor Facility (Aranguez), D’real McCoy Grill House (Piarco), Pub House (Ariapita Ave), Legends Sports Bar (Point Fortin) and by contacting Can Bou Play Foundation.
Additionally, the former English Premier League goalkeeper and mental health advocate, Kirkland will be hosting a youth goalkeeper camp, inclusive of mental health sessions, from 16 to 18 December at the Ato Boldon Stadium Practice Field from 9am to 1pm.
The camp will also be headlined by an amazing list of former and current T&T National Team goalkeepers such as Jan-Michael Williams, Kimika Forbes, Clayton Ince and Javon Sample.
Registration for the camp, for young goalkeepers aged 8 to 18 years, is priced at $680 and can be done at www.canbouplayfoundation.com or by contacting 755-3734.
Creamery Novelties Forty5 Charity Cup Confirmed Rosters:
Can Bou Play UTD: Yohance Marshall (head coach), MX Prime & Iceman of Ultimate Rejects (Celebrity Technical Directors), Sean de Silva, Kenwyne Jones, Ahkeela Mollon, Karyn Forbes, Elton John, Keston George, Jared Bennett, Julius James, Akim Armstrong, Chris Kirkland.
T&T Stars: Derek King (head coach), Preedy (Celebrity Technical Director), Jan-Michael Williams, Kevin Molino, Joevin Jones, Kern Cupid, Kimika Forbes, Alvin Jones, Duane Muckette, Densill Theobald, Leston Paul, Andre Rampersad, Akeem Garcia.
Deportivo Point Fortin: Reynold Carrington (head coach), Keevo (Celebrity Technical Director), Hughtun Hector, Weslie John, Miguel Payne, Andrei Pacheco, Justin Sadoo, Ronell Paul, Jeremiah Kesar, Ezekiel Kesar, Terese Salick, Andre Toussaint.