JENNIFER HECTOR WINS NAME THE TEAM CONTESTTuesday 21st February 2012
Grand prizewinner Jennifer Hector was the quickest to the draw from among scores of people in the Antigua & Barbuda Football Association’s Name the Team Contest.
Hector was the first person to submit the name the Benna Boys, which prevailed in the text-to-vote final phase.
Benna Boys garnered 1,380 votes, ahead of Beach Boys, which tallied 1,273 votes.
There was a gulf between the top two contenders and the other names on the short listed, with Iron Bandits coming a distant third with 408 votes.
Rhythm Warriors was next with 266, ahead of Benna Rebels (121); Party Crashers (101); Jam Bulls (89); and Black Ants (51).
Hector won two roundtrip tickets to see the opening match in Round Three of qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil; ground transportation, accommodation; two replica jerseys and VIP treatment for the home games.
The Group A match against the United States will be played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
The other teams in the group are Guatemala and Jamaica.
ABFA General Secretary Gordon Derrick said the people have spoken.
“We wanted this campaign to be people driven. At the end of the day, there was good participation, starting with just over 500 people submitting names and rationales, and then more than 3,500 text votes for the names that made the shortlist,” Derrick said.
“We’ll just chalk it up to irony that the name chosen by the majority is the nickname name by which the team is already known, and that, of course, speaks to music that is indigenous to us.
Overall, it says something that many people had interest and took the time to write and to text, and we all know the saying about what the voice of the people represents,” Derrick added.
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