West Indian Soccer Team To Play Here

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Jamaica Gleaner

FLYING in just before noon yesterday by Pan-American Airways from a three-day Caribbean soccer conference in Puerto Rico, JFA president Granville daCosta revealed that a West Indian soccer team will play here in February next in aid of the Governor's Hurricane Relief Fund. Three Tests and two other fixtures—a club match and a game with an All-Schools combination—form the programme agreed upon. Mr. Eric James, secretary of the Caribbean Amateur Association, will accompany the team.

Mr. daCosta gave this news to the Gleaner yesterday at the home of Dominican Republic Consul Gustavo Colontino where he was officially entertained at lunch and the question of sporting engagements between the Dominican Republic and Jamaica was discussed.

There was other encouraging news for local sports brought back by Jamaica's sporting ambassador who played a commendable role in making the Caribbean Football Association a reality and putting over Jamaica's viewpoints.

Further news on the question of tours showed that the Racing Club of Aruba would be bringing a team to Jamaica soon (2) an All-Jamaica team would go to Ciudad Trujillo for a tournament conceived to celebrate the opening of their new 50,000 capacity stadium which is being built and (3) Puerto Rico is anxious to entertain a schoolboy team from Jamaica and are not averse to paying the expenses of such a tour.

On the discussions surrounding Caribbean soccer the conference, which took place during the last week at San Juan in the most friendly and constructive atmosphere, decided that the official name should be the Caribbean Football Association. The original suggestion was Caribbean Amateur Football federation. Commander Hayward of Trinidad was elected president and Mr. Eric James, also of Trinidad, secretary.

Mr. daCosta succeeded in having the conference agree that Jamaica could invite teams on her own without permission from the C. F. A. provided such tours did not conflict with the C.F.A. programme. Secondly when tournaments were promoted the hosts would turn over to the C.F.A. only 1 per cent of the gross receipts and keep the rest.

Of interest to softball—for which game Mr. daCosta is local commissioner—is the news that Santo Domingo is interested in bringing a men's team to Jamaica.