BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - THE St. Kitts-Nevis Football Association (SKNFA) has confirmed that it would begin the 2018/2019 Super Six Playoffs tomorrow (Jun. 27), offering over $100, 000 in cash and prizes.
The 2018/2019 Playoffs, which has been postponed, will see an increase in teams participating from the usual four to six.
With the inaugural league getting underway shortly, the SKNFA confirmed that the winning team would walk away with $50,000 as well as trophies and medals.
“The Super Six is a much more lucrative tournament. For the clubs it will be more lucrative…there will be a lot of incentives for the players. I think it is going to be very exciting,” said Stanley Jacobs, General Secretary of the SKNFA.
“When all is said and done, I think everybody is going to be very happy,” he added.
Despite the General Secretary’s assurance, this season’s Playoffs has been marred by a controversy.
The final rounds of the season were put on hold following an incident involving a player from Conaree Football Club, who allegedly stabbed a fellow player from Rams Village Superstars FC.
The alleged perpetrator, Glenroy Samuel, has since been charged with Attempted Murder and placed on $50,000 bail.
That was followed by a 24-point deduction from Conaree FC by the SKNFA over the incident. However, a number of court challenges resulted in the reinstatement of the points which pushed the team into the Playoff mix.
But SKNVibes Sports understands that member clubs were unhappy over the team making the Playoffs.
Now that the Playoffs will kick off tomorrow, Jacobs, in a letter to the clubs, pointed to a number of upcoming international engagements as the reason for arriving at that date.
“St. Kitts and Nevis will host Group B matches in the CONCSCAF Women's U-20 Qualifiers - July 13th-21st at the Warner Park Stadium. The U-23 Men's Olympic Qualification is scheduled to take place in Jamaica on July 17th - 21st, 2019.
Jacobs also said that St. Kitts and Nevis would be hosting the CFU U-14 Girls Challenge Series on August 5-10.
“Again, the SKNFA wishes to assure our sponsors, partners, patrons, member clubs and other stakeholders that we are fully committed to ensuring that the final stage of the National Bank Premier League is concluded in a timely manner,” the letter concluded.
The following is a breakdown of the prizes on offer:
• Winner - $50,000 with trophy and medals;
• Second Place - $20,000 with medals;
• Third Place - $8,000 with medals;
• Fourth Place - $6,000;
• Fifth Place - $4,000; and
• Sixth Place - $3,000.
The teams finishing in the seventh to the 10th positions in the 2018-2019 National Bank Premier League will receive $1,000 each.
“A new feature for the Super 6 Playoff will be a Man-of-the-Match award of US$200.00 for each match of the Super 6. The increased prize money is part of the SKNFA's vision to provide more resources and support for football at the club level.
“Over the past two years, the SKNFA has introduced a Sports Injury Insurance Scheme for players and a Club Financial Assistance Programme. Through the Club Assistance Programme, Premier League Clubs and Division One Clubs are eligible to receive EC$5,000.00 and EC$2,500.00, respectively, to assist in covering cost associated with the daily operation of the clubs,” an SKNFA statement read.