Antigua & Barbuda Football Association (ABFA) President Everton “Batow” Gonsalves has announced that State Insurance Corporation has come onboard with ABFA and Benna Boys as they aim to make it to Rio, Brazil for the 2014 World Cup Finals.
Speaking at the ABFA press conference Tuesday morning at the football office, Gonsalves said State Insurance is one of three individuals/firms that have come forward to assist in the most recent times.They have donated $50,000 to assist the Benna Boys in their preparations.
Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam through his agent here in Antigua, has lived up to his promise when he visited the country to donate funds to assist the footballers.
The third sponsor is Cecil Charles who has donated $3,000 and sporting gear to the association.Gonsalves praised the contributors.
The football boss also said that throughout the history of football in this country, he has not seen such a unification of persons anywhere as he has seen at the two World Cup Qualifying Matches against USA in Florida and Jamaica here in Antigua.
He urges the nation to continue to rally around the Benna Boys, for the last four matches will not be easy.
Gonsalves noted that the ABFA is very please with revenue from the sales of football replica.
He also noted that the corporate boxes at Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds for the Jamaica match was a huge success.
On the question of security, Gonsalves said it was top class and to the liking of the Match Commissioner; and showered praise on the Royal Police Force of Antigua & Barbuda and other security firms for a job well done.
However, he stressed that the same or even better is expected when the country hosts Guatemala and USA.
On the Guatemala match, Gonsalves said ABFA is hoping for full points or even a draw, but surely not a loss.
Team Manager Fernando Abraham said a party of 30 persons to include players and officials would leave the country for Guatemala on Sunday, September 2 to have five days to acclimatise for the match on September 7.
He noted that the Guatemala fan base is very hostile and the team must be fully prepared.
The return leg is four days later here in Antigua.