The annual Florida Cup is slated for March 11-13 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA, and the Guyana Floodlight Softball Cricket Association (GFSCA) will field three teams at the competition.
This year the Guyana Consulate in Miami in collaboration with South Florida Softball Cricket League (SFSCL) is hosting the tournament as Guyana celebrates 50 years of Independence.
Preliminary rounds in the Masters and Open categories will be played at Brian Picollo Park in Cooper City on March 11 and 12. Both category finals will be played on March 13 at the Fort Lauderdale Cricket Stadium.
This year, the GFSCA will feature three teams. GFSCA’s Wolf Warriors will be making their debut in the Open Category, while Floodlights and Floodlights Legends will be playing in the Masters.
GFSCA’s Wolf Warriors were champions of the Open, while Floodlights were champions of the Masters in the 2014 edition of Guyana Softball Cup 4, played in Guyana. Floodlights were also champions in New York at 2015 Independence and Legends Cup when they defeated Regal Masters in the final.
Floodlights, Floodlights Legends and GFSCA’s Wolf Warriors are expected to give fierce competition to the teams from Florida, New York and Canada.
Regal, also from Guyana, is expected to play. The three GFSCA teams are very confident of lifting both Open and Masters titles of Florida Cup 2016. GFSCA’s Wolf Warriors will feature some of Guyana’s top softball players in captain Amrit Rai, Mark Harold, Azad Azeez, Safraz Karim and Reaz Karim among others.
Floodlights and Floodlights Legend will also feature some reputable players in the Masters, such as Ramchand Ragbeer, Lakhram Singh, Lalta Gainda, Ramo Malone, Jagdesh Persaud, Jailall Deodass, Uniss Yusuf, Kenrick Persaud, Ramesh Sunich, Surendra Nauth, Steve Narine, Poran Singh, Lloyd Rooplall, Pithamber Maharaj, Anil Beharry, Ago Gopaul, Ricky Deonarain, Goordial Mattai, Ravi Lutchman, Joe Lutchman, Sydney Jackman Jnr., Ganesh Singh, Motilall Chumundat, Arjune Badal, Ashmool Ali, Mohan Sukhu, Fizul Ali, Goverdhan Arjune, Jaipaul Singh, Narinedat Roy, Sahadeo Budhu, Dennis Mangru.
The three GFSCA teams have already started departing for Florida.