first_imgIT would be no hold bars this evening when the semi- finals of the STAG Nations Cup knock-out football championship are contested at the GFC ground, Bourda in the city with an all GFA cast in contention.RANDOLPH WAGNERClashing in the second match would be old rivals Guyana Police Force (GPF) and Western Tigers,with only one team set to earn a place in the championship match on Saturday which would see the winner earning a huge New Year’s gift of 2 million dollars.This evening’s curtain raiser brings together Santos and the Mocha-based Riddim Squad in what is anticipated to be a fierce battle between two sides that have a score to settle,apart from eyeing a place in the final.The teams who have advanced and are set to thrill their fans and supporters this evening have all worked hard to earn their places in the last four of the competition,which kicked off in December 2016 and should have concluded on New Year’s night,but was put on hold due to unprecedented rainfall during the Christmas holidays which left venues waterlogged for unusually long periods.Competition got cracking again on January 18 last and it is now down to the business end of the championship where all four teams are guaranteed cash,with 2M for first, 1M for second, $500,000 for third and $300,000 for fourth at stake.Western Tigers and Police are favourites to win,but only one would have that opportunity which makes this a battle of battles tonight. The West Ruimveldt-based side have downed Pouderoyen (9-1) and Flamingo (8-0) along their journey to the semis and have displayed a no-nonsense attitude in the final third,blasting a total of 17 goals while only conceding one.Like the Tigers, Police have been just as menacing in the attacking third as they trampled Rosignol United (13-2) and Grove High Tech (3-0) with two goals against,for a total of 16,which shows their proclivity for hammering opponents.With both sides having the type of weaponry up front while also showing that they are equally unyielding in defence, a mouth watering shindig is on the cards.The Tigers will look to Rensford Colridge, Shamar Wilson, Darren Benjamin, Anthony Sancho, Andre Webber, Dwayne Mc Lennon, Randolph Wagner, Joshua Britton, Jamal Pedro and Jorell Tyrell to deliver once again with the aim of a place in the final.The fit Police unit will also harbor similar sentiments and will pin their hopes of caging the Tigers once again on Kester Dundas, Attio Wallace, Junior Gordon, Dwayne Charles, Jermaine Castello, Grayson Barker, Jermaine Grandison, Rawle Turnell and Quinsen Holder.The Riddim Squad vs Santos showdown which start at 18:00hrs will see nothing short of fierce exchanges as both sides will be looking to earn that available place in the final but only once will be rejoicing when the final whistle is blown.On their way to this stage of the competition, Riddim Squad edged Den Amstel (2-1) and Cougars (5-2). The Mocha side will hope their robust style of play can deliver for them a final berth.Tasked with the responsibility of leading the charge in this regard are:Kevin Gordon, Sceyon Hope, Dellon John, Kevin Agard and Teon Jones. Santos’ path to this stage was earned as a result of wins over Uitvlugt Warriors (3-1) and Herstelling Raiders (4-0).Set to saddle the responsibility of delivering for Santos once again:are Job Caesar, Keith Cains and Orin Yard.last_img

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