Caribbean Soccer team to tour Surinam

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Jamaica Gleaner

A CARIBBEAN FOOTBALL TEAM which will be made up of players from Trinidad, British Guiana, Jamaica, Guadeloupe, Haiti and Puerto Rico will tour Surinam in December, to play a series of Goodwill games, according to a release issued recently by Mr. Eric James, Honorary Secretary of the Caribbean Football Association.

This tournament, Mr. James said would replace the Caribbean football championship series which was previously scheduled to take place this year but which has been cancelled because of the fact that certain colonies would not be able to participate.

Earlier this year the Caribbean Football Association sponsored a series of games between a Caribbean team and Jamaica, in aid of the Jamaica Hurricane Relief Fund when four Trinidad players, Joey Gonsalves (captain), Gerry Parsons, Delbert Charleau and Allan Joseph gained selection on the Caribbean team.

Mr. James has again been appointed manager and sole selector of the team in collaboration with the member territories.

He said that arrangements were to have the players from the various colonies in Surinam by December 4 as the tournament was scheduled to commence on December 7. They will play five games including three Tests against the Dutchmen.

It was likely, Mr. James said, that a trophy would be put at stake in the Test matches which would be played over 90 minutes. The Carib team will be using the Association's official colours for the first time in this tournament.

The colours will be Royal Blue jerseys with white vertical stripes. Royal Blue sleeves and stockings to match. On the jersey will be a crest depicting a hand grasping all the flags of the different affiliated territories.

The programme for the tour is as follows:—

Dec. 7—C.F.A. vs. Surinam.
Dec. 9—C.F.A. vs. Club XI.
Dec. 11—C.F.A. vs. Surinam.
Dec. 14—C.F.A. vs. Surinam.
Dec. 16—C.F.A. vs. Surinam.

CFA to meet

The Caribbean Football Association will be meeting in Surinam on December 5 and 6, to discuss plans for the staging of the C.F.A. championships in 1953 and the possibility of a tour to Europe by a Caribbean team in 1954.

(Port-of-Spain Gazette).