TWO exciting matches will kick off today to decide the finalists of the GFF/KFC National U-20 ‘Independence Cup’ when Dynamic FC clash with Botofago FC at 13:00hrs. However, fans will be abuzz and are expecting a thriller when Fruta Conquerors FC face Georgetown rivals Santos FC at 15:30hrs. Both matches will be played at the GFF National Training Centre, Providence.The semifinalists were decided following last weekend’s quarterfinals with the respective teams triumphing over their opponents from respective Regional Member Association including Strikers FC from the Rupununi Football Association.Each team will be looking for glory as they had comfortable victories in their quarterfinals matches; Fruta Conquerors prevailed 5-3 in extra time over Buxton United and Santos FC eased to a 3-1 win over Strikers FC.Meanwhile, it was all one way traffic for East Coast outfit Dynamic, who beat New Amsterdam United 3-0 with Botofago eventually edging out Timehri Panthers 3-2.The winning team will capture $500 000, a trophy and medals while the runners-up will pocket $300 000, a trophy and medals.Third-place winners will walk away with $200 000, a trophy and medals and while fourth place will get a trophy and medals.The third-place and finals are set for Monday (July 1) at the GFF National Training Centre, Providence.
MASON CITY — One of the three Republican candidates for Cerro Gordo County Recorder has withdrawn his name from consideration. Mason City businessman Steve Minert had announced his intent to seek the office on the heels of the announcement by longtime Recorder Colleen Pearce that she was retiring. Minert, who co-owns the Harley-Davidson dealerships in Mason City and Charles City, says in a written statement that he’s dropping out due to business reasons, adding that dealership sales territories for the company are being expanded and he doesn’t have the time to currently seek public office. Cerro Gordo County Republicans are holding a special convention today to decide their nominee. County deputy treasurer TJ Shovein and Rockwell city councilman Larry Wentz are the two remaining publicly declared candidates. The winner of the special convention will face Democrat AnnMarie Legler, who has worked for Cerro Gordo County for 13 years, the last eight in the Recorder’s office, in the November general election to fill the remainder of Pearce’s term. Pearce retired after more than 30 years as the County Recorder.