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Digicel, Wisynco launch 2019 schoolboy football season

2019 schoolboy football season

Digicel and Wisynco on Wednesday launched their second year as title sponsors of schoolboy football at Terra Nova All Suite Hotel in St Andrew.

The 2019 season is scheduled to kick off on Saturday, September 7 with seven Manning Cup games and 31 daCosta Cup matches.

The announcement was made by Keith Wellington, president of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA).

Digicel, in its second stint as title sponsors, last year announced that the telecommunications firm and entertainment provider would invest $75 million over three years in the urban area Manning Cup and Walker Cup Knockout competitions. Wisynco, then, announced a sponsorship package of close to $100 million, over the three years, in the rural area daCosta Cup and Ben Francis Knockout.

On Wednesday, Digicel handed over $25 million to ISSA for year two, while Wisynco made a presentation of $37 million.

This will be the second time that both the Manning Cup and daCosta Cup competitions will operate under separate sponsorship.

The 2019 season will see 129 teams competing for the six trophies. In addition to the Manning Cup and daCosta Cup, teams will also compete for the Walker Cup Knockout, Ben Francis Knockout Cup, Champions Cup, and the season-ending Olivier Shield.

The format of the Manning Cup and daCosta Cup will remain the same. However, for the second straight year, ISSA has announced changes to the Walker Cup and Ben Francis Cup after the organisers were faced with heavy criticism for changing both knockout competitions from their original formats.

The competitions were labelled the “losers cup” as the new format prevented top schools from competing compared to former years.

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