The Caribbean Football Trust Limited (CFTL), a Barbados Corporation since 2008, has announced a Brazilian investor has officially joined the Pan-Caribbean region by providing his financial commitment as the Islands Cup Open (ISCO) Tournament prepares for a Summer 2021 Kick Off.
Brazil has sealed their commitment to this Football Tournament when the Brazilian, Miami-based investor, who urged to remain anonymous, signed the commitment relevant to his co-ownership of Brazil SAMBA WARRIORS FC Franchise, participating in the upcoming Tournament.
Jonas Ramos, a legal representative for the investor, quoted on his client’s investment that makes him co-owner for the franchise as “a great vision and insightful financial investment with a fantastic projected Return on Investment (ROI) both in the short and long term. We are looking forward to this. Today is an historic and lovely day for my client. Our only concern is the COVID 19 Virus going forward.”
The Islands Cup Open Tournament has been conceived as a 12-weeks summer tournament and will comprise games to be played in three (3) different cities in Brazil, and in the Pan-Caribbean. Jamaica and Antigua & Barbuda will be utilized as our main hubs, with a caravan schedule in selected countries, playing both mid-week and weekend games. This football tournament will infuse players from across the globe.
Newly appointed ISCO CEO/Commissioner Paul Mohamed, called the implementation of ISCO a win for the Caribbean players and all fans of the beautiful game.
“We are on the cusp of something historic and exciting, not only for the fans but also emerging footballers within the regions. The Tournament gives them the perfect platform to showcase their talents as they can take the field with some of their idols and also compete against the best of their peers with the opportunity to secure unprecedented cash prize remunerations and of course compete for the championship trophy,” said Mohamed.
ISCO is intended to impact many spheres, igniting development and be a game changer for sports, tourism, and communities.
The slated summer feature will see a professional tournament inclusive of recently retired legend Marquee players from across the globe, as well young Pan-Caribbean/Latin American talent, all participating in the ten (10) franchises as follows: Brazil Samba Warriors FC, Barbados Challengers FC, SC Colombia Tapirs, FC Combined Islands, AS Espanola Manics, AS Guyana Oilers, Jamaica Ruffnecks FC, Suriname Gladiators FC, TnT Soca Rivals FC and the French Connection FC.
Legendary Players who have most recently turned head coaches, such as: Colombia’s own Carlos Valderrama, Italy’s Marco Simone, France’s Vincent Candela, USA’s Brad Friedel and Trinidad & Tobago’s all time renowned Everald ‘Gally’ Cummings, are some of the headliner coaches who will be assigned to selected franchises in this $3M Euro “Winner take all” annual cash prize Championship.
Game days will be an experience that has never before been showcased in a single tournament, featuring a rich, spectacular vibe – a melding of culture, food, football and live Music genres such as: Samba, Reggae, Soca, Salsa, Afro-beat, Reggaeton, Hip-Hop, EDM and Bollywood will all contribute to the extravaganza experience. ISCO is slated to be the Biggest Football Fete Fest ever that will bring the party right alongside the game!
With a specific mandate to address underprivileged youth across various communities – ISCO will answer the call, as CFTL has established that 45% of all its profits will be assigned to its own charity branded as ‘Kick Poverty Out’, as well as our Social and Welfare Department campaign to “Kick Crime Out & Kids’ Lives Matters”. These initiatives are in association with local protective services in each host country.
In the current COVID-19 pandemic environment we all should be alert, cautious and maintain a level of preparedness, mindful that the forecast and potential for things to worsen exists. It is for this reason that CFTL is committed to promote the necessary practices that assist in eradicating this global pandemic. Thus, our advice and caution to all Players, Coaches, football fans, media personnel and others across the globe – wash your hands, wear your mask and maintain social distancing when in a public setting.
We look forward to sharing the ISCO games with you in Summer 2021. Nets will Shake!!!