JFA Council To Reconsider Trinidad Tour Invitation

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Jamaica Gleaner

THE JFA COUNCIL under the chairmanship of Mr. Granville daCosta, attending his first meeting since he withdrew his resignation as president at a special general meeting last Monday night, will tomorrow night reconsider the invitation by the Trinidad Football Association (TFA) to entertain a touring UK soccer team in Jamaica during May.

Originally the JFA had informed the TFA that "owing to the high financial implications" of such a tour and ''the limited spending of our sporting public'' they were unable to accept 'so generous an offer'.

However, Mr. daCosta received a request from TFA Secretary Eric James this week asking him to see if Jamaica could not give the matter some more thought so that they might not miss the opportunity of seeing top-class U.K. footballers in action.

Mr. James stated that it was imperative for the JFA to act now since the provisional plans of the tour will be placed before the English FA at their meeting next Monday.

Twenty-two members, players and officials will comprise the touring party which will include a number of professionals. They leave England on May 8 and stop first in Trinidad.

The English Football Association has asked that the team play eight matches during their stay of four weeks in the West Indies. These eight games will be spread over Trinidad, British Guiana, Curacao, Surinam and Jamaica if she joins in.