PELE Football Club’s talisman Gregory ‘Jackie Chan’ Richardson was yesterday named the COURTS Player-of-the-Month for the STAG Elite League.
Sports journalists, representing the various media houses in Guyana, met at the Guyana Football Federation (GFF), where they unanimously voted in favour of Richardson.
In fact, when asked to select a player for the award, the media stated that while the league has been competitive, Richardson stands out above the other players, since he single-handedly carried Pele to their position on the points standing.
With four goals from four matches played so far thanks to Richardson’s heroics, Pele FC are second on the points table behind Alpha United.
Despite both teams having eight points, Alpha United lead on superior goal difference (+4) ahead of Pele FC (+3).
The award, a $25 000 shopping voucher, compliments of COURTS Guyana Inc., will allow Richardson to shop items at the country’s leading furniture and appliance store totalling the amount of the coupon.
When the STAG Elite League kicked off on Friday, September 18 at the Leonora Track & Field and Football Facility, Pele won the first game 2-1 over the Georgetown Football Club (GFC).
Though Richardson did not find the net, he was instrumental in both goals being scored for his club. In the team’s second game of the league, Richardson netted both goals and carried Pele to an entertaining 2-2 draw against Alpha United.
Against Buxton United which Pele took a comfortable 3-1 win, Richardson opened Pele’s account just seven minutes into the game when he sweetly timed a Travis ‘Zorro’ Grant pass and hammered it with a left-footed volley that easily beat Jason Cromwell in goal.
Facing Slingerz FC at the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Base Camp Ayanganna ground, Richardson scored another classic in injury time (90+2 minutes) to secure a 1-1 draw.
Up next for Richardson and Pele FC will be their first meeting with Fruta Conquerors on Friday, October 9, at the Tucville ground from 20:30hrs.