New Sponsor, Format For Cup

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Jamaica Gleaner


THE Caribbean Football Union (CPU) announced yesterday, new sponsorship and a change in format for Caribbean Cup football which will now be staged biennially.

The US media network Interforever will sponsor the tournament from 1999 to 2005 at an overall cost of US$2.2 million - US$500,000 for each year 1999 and 2001, and US$600,000 for 2003 and 2005.

Interforever has signed a deal the CFU found irresistible and it replaces the Asia Sports Group which had agreed late last year that they would take over sponsorship from Shell.

The winning prize for each year will be US$100,000, up from US$30,000.

CFU president Jack Warner is promoting as a good thing the decision to make the tournament every two years instead of annually as it had been for the past 10 years.

"It allows us a chance to offer higher cash awards as prizes," Warner said.

Warner, who is also the CONCACAF president, also said staging of the tournament every other year will allow the CFU - in the off year - to focus on youth and women's football.

For the final round of the tournament in Trinidad June 1 to 14, Brazil's under-20 team will join defending champions Jamaica, hosts T&T and five group winners in regional qualifiers.

Twenty five teams are contesting the tournament which will start with preliminary qualifiers next month.