Gov’t to honour Bajan footballer

Emmerson Boyce (right) was met by Minister of Sport Stephen Lashley on his arrival this evening.
Emmerson Boyce (right) was met by Minister of Sport Stephen Lashley on his arrival this evening.

Government will recognise the contribution to sport of outstanding Barbadian footballer Emmerson Boyce.

Boyce, captain of Wigan Athletic which competed in the England Premier League this year and also defeated Manchester City to win the 2013 FA Cup, arrived in Barbados today and was met at Grantley Adams International Airport by Minister of Sport Stephen Lashley. The minister will host a reception in his honour tomorrow at Hilton Barbados.

Boyce, who was born in England to Barbadian parents, will be on the island to launch his foundation for less fortunate children. Currently, he owns the franchise Bajan Elite, a local football team which competes in the annual Lime Pelican Football Competition. Boyce started his career at 19, but made his international debut at the age of 28 during which time he captained the Barbados national team.

On Monday at 10 a.m. Boyce will watch Bajan Elite compete against another team at Kensington Oval. The match, which is organised by the Barbados Tourism Authority, will also include a meet and greet session with the international footballer. Fans will have the opportunity to receive autographs and give-away items.

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