The 20 teams, including defending champions Ballaz Academy, will participate in three zones. Simone Walker, director of marketing programmes at ScotiaBank, said her company was pleased to be the title sponsor of this tournament. “We are very pleased to be a part of the tournament as football is a great pastime for most Jamaicans,” she added. Walker also said she was happy that girls will be participating in the programme. Jamaica Football Federation grassroots programme coordinator, Andre Virtue, says the Emmanuel Christian Academy (ECA) is moving in the right direction with the staging of the Scotiabank ECA/Norbrook Cup, which kicks off tomorrow. “We expose kids from early because they are behind in terms of development of our football,” Virtue said yesterday at ECA. “There is no outlet for those kids Under-9, so this tournament is a welcome one. It is about enjoying the game at that age group,” the former prep school and Manning Cup star said. “We must do our part in passing on the right information. We don’t have many youngsters moving on professionally; very few people are going to make it. The reality is one out of 80 that will make it,” he disclosed. Gregory Jones, league director, said a change has been made to the format of the programme this year: “This year, we’ve moved away from a one-day format to four weekends starting on February 20 to March 12. A total of 20 teams from schools and clubs will be participating.” TITLE SPONSORS
WEST HAM (4-2-3-1)ADRIAN, ANTONIO, REID, OGBONNA, CRESSWELL,KOUYATE, NOBLE,EMENIKE, LANZINI, PAYET, SAKHOWELBECK, IWOBI, OZIL, SANCHEZ,COQUELIN, ELNENY,MONREAL, KOSCIELNY, GABRIEL, BELLERIN,CECHARSENAL (4-2-3-1)Two London rivals clash both needing to win. West Ham were hoping to finish in the top four and bring Champions League football to their new Olympic Stadium next season but, with seven games left, they are on 51 points, three points outside the top four.Even if they fail to break into the top four, they could still qualify for the Europa League. But they face a team with an outside chance of winning the Barclays Premier League, with Arsenal in third spot, albeit a massive 11 points adrift of leaders Leicester City.West Ham could be forgiven for having one eye on their FA Cup final quarter-final replay, against Manchester United, which takes place at the Boleyn Stadium the following Wednesday.The Hammers are unbeaten in their last six league games, taking 12 points from the 18 available but, in their last season at the Boleyn, they are unbeaten since August, winning seven and drawing seven of the last 14 there in the league.On the opening day of the league season the Hammers shocked Arsenal with a 2-0 win, but at the Boleyn Arsenal have a good record, with nine wins and six draws from 17 visits.The Gunners have 11 goals in their last four there, all wins, and last lost there in November 2006.West Ham were set to miss the banned Cheikhou Kouyate, red-carded in the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace last weekend, but the dismissal was overturned on appeal.Arsenal, meanwhile, miss Santi Cazorla, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Tomas Rosicky and Jack Wilshere, but goalkeeper Petr Cech could return.