CMLF kicks off May 27

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Jamaica Gleaner

BRIDGETOWN (CANA) - The troubled Caribbean Major League Football (CMLF) championship is scheduled to start on Saturday May 27, with a significantly reduced programme, the Caribbean Football Union president Austin "Jack" Warner stated Monday from his CONCACAF office in New York.

The CFU and the New York based CMLF officials signed a new franchise agreement Monday, following a meeting to iron out contractual differences, which at one point, threatened the staging of the championship.

the CFU was bracing itself last month, to take over the running of the league, after CMLF officials defaulted several times on payments.

The CMLF has agreed to settle its debt of 250 thousand dollars, over the next eight months.

In the meantime, "The sponsorship value of the championship has been reduced by over 60 percent, and the original plan of a 600 thousand dollar league, has now been scaled down to a approximately 200 thousand dollars," Warner told the Caribbean News Agency (CANA).

The championship which was scheduled to feature sixteen teams in two zones will now
have only the eight clubs which competed in the Caribbean Professional league in 1994, Trinity Pros, and Caledonia AIA from Trinidad and Tobago, C.C. Lions and Harbour View from Jamaica, Grenada's R.E. Walker International, Hairoun from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Lambada from Barbados, and Guyana's G.T. Cobras.

The league will be conducted on a two round basis, home and away, with the top four teams meeting in a play-off at one venue.

The schedule of matches and the new financial incentives are to be announced following
another meeting in New York Tuesday.