“This is not about the (Stag) Elite League, this is about where it could take you” exclaimed President of the Alpha United Football Club Odinga Lumumba during a press conference today at the Water Chris Hotel in Georgetown, to update the media about his team’s preparation for the Stag Elite League.
Alpha United, Guyana’s most successful club, will be one of the ‘headline acts’ when the Stag Elite League kicks off on Friday September 18.
Considered the most lucrative league of its kind in Guyana, the Stag Elite League will see Alpha United competing against rivals Slingerz FC, Fruta Conquerors, Georgetown Football Club (GFC), Monedderlust, Guyana Defence Force (GDF), Pele and Buxton United.
Nicknamed the ‘Hammer’, Alpha United’s President pointed out that the Elite League this year is unlike any other, noting “you have to be more standardized and more organise. It’s a bit more expensive because you’re talking about two million dollars to prepare your club if you want to compete in this league”
According to Lumumba, with the exception of Pele, the other competing clubs met with Chairman of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Normalisation Committee Clinton Urling at a request of Alpha United, where several matters were discussed.
Lumumba said that after the meeting, his club is in a more comfortable position to participate in the Stag Beer sponsored league.
Known for fielding some of the Caribbean’s top players, Lumumba, though not touching much on his roster, said that bringing in players from the region and the Diaspora, will be costly but it’s something his team will have to do if they would want compete not just in the Stag Elite League, but at the CFU/CONCACAF level.
Asked about his opinion on if the league is sustainable, Lumumba added “with more sponsors and government support it can be. We have to get sponsors to strengthen the league and the clubs at the same time”