Central and W Connection confident of qualify for CONCACAF Champions League and Caribbean final.
Thursday 21 May 2015
Pro League rivals Central FC and W Connection are both confident of qualifying for the 2015-2016 CONCACAF Champions League (CCL) and Sunday's final of the 2015 Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championship despite having little knowledge of their semifinal opponents on Friday.
Central must face Haiti's Don Bosco FC from 6 pm at the Ato Boldon Stadium on Friday 22 May in semifinal before three-time Caribbean Club champions W Connection take on Jamaica's Montego Bay United in semifinal two from 8 pm.
All four teams topped their respective groups in the Group stage last month to reach the final stage of the Caribbean Club Championship, which will determine the Caribbean champions and the three regional berths at the 2015-2016 CCL.
Both semifinal winners will automatically qualify for next season's CCL, beginning in August, and contest the final of the Caribbean Club Championship from 6 pm on Sunday at the same Ato Boldon Stadium.
The semifinal round losers with meet in the third place match from 4 pm, prior to the final, to determine the third and final Caribbean CCL berth.
"It's obvious we want to get to the CONCACAF Champions League stage," said Central FC head coach Terry Fenwick. "That's where the money is and the exposure for the players. It is paramount to us at the club."
Despite the dark cloud hanging above the club due to unsettled bonus quarrels over competition earnings and injury concerns, Fenwick holds confidence in his squad which already boasts this season's 2014-2015 Digicel Pro League (DPL), the First Citizens Cup, and the Rawle Fletcher, Akeem Adams and Kevon Carter trophies for winning each round of the league, and qualified for the 2016 Caribbean Club Championship along with W Connection.
The three-year-old Central have also reached the final of the domestic season-ending Digicel Pro Bowl on 29 May against 2008 winners Caledonia AIA after edging Police FC 1-0 in the semifinal round last Friday and heads into the Caribbean Club Championship on a nine-match unbeaten wave in all competitions.
"I've always had pride in my team doing solid jobs," Fenwick said. "We have already had a great season and into another final (Pro Bowl), and this Caribbean Cup will be a wonderful achievement.
We want to qualify, first and foremost, to the CONCACAF Champions League and we want to win the Caribbean Cup outright. I have every bit of confidence in my players.
"We've got little information on them (Don Bosco) but we are going to prepare well enough for them. While there is always an element of luck in everything, we will work hard to make sure everything is well prepared."
Central, debuting at this season's Caribbean Club Championship, topped Group 1 in Guyana with wins over Suriname powerhouse Inter Meongotapoe (2-0) and Guyana giants Alpha United (3-1), while Don Bosco had wins over Bahamian outfit Lyford Cay (10-0), US Virvin Island's Helenites Sporting Club (5-1) and Guadeloupe's Unite Sainte Rose (2-1) to top Group 4 in Haiti.
While W Connection, this season DPL runners-up, defeated Guyana Defence Force (7-1) and Antigua's SAP FC (7-2) to comfortably top Group 2 in Trinidad, while Montego Bay United topped Group 3 in Haiti with wins over Guadeloupe's Club Sportif Moulien (1-0), Haiti's America FC (4-1) and Suriname's SV Excelsior 3-0.
"We are confident that we can be Caribbean champions once again," said W Connection head coach Stuart Charles Fevrier, who led the "Savonetta Boys" on the three occasions they have won the Caribbean title.
Connection, winners of this season's Digicel Charity Shield, finished the domestic 2014-2015 season without a major title and are coming off last Friday's 5-4 penalty loss in the semifinal round of the Pro Bowl to Caledonia AIA following an admirable 3-3 regulation time comeback.
But Fevrier stands confident that his players can rise to the occasion in the semifinal round of the Caribbean Club Championship against Montego Bay United on Friday to progress to the final and win the regional crown.
"I believe the incentive of playing internationally (CCL) will provide the motivation our players need to win this competition. We have always been consistent at the local level but want to play at the international level consistently as well.
" I don't have much knowledge about them (Montego Bay United) but Jamaica teams are normally good teams because their country is one of the top footballing countries in the region. We have always done well against Jamaica teams but we will go into the game respecting our opponent (however) more focused on our game plan. This final week it's about preparing in detail in every aspect of our game."
Montego Bay United head coach Dr. Dean Weatherly, a dentist by profession, is also confident his players will step up and deliver.
"We will go in blind, as in we don't know what to expect (in the Caribbean final round) and we will need some time to make whatever adjustments will be necessary.
"Those three (Group) games in Haiti would have prepared us for this kind of football. The players know what is expected and we are confident they will step up and deliver."
The reigning (Jamaica) Red Stripe Premier League champions are against Arnett Gardens in the league final and according to concacaf.com, club president Orville Powell stated: "We not only want to repeat as Jamaican champions, but we want to be Caribbean champions as well."
International Badminton comes to T&T
The first ever Trinidad and Tobago International Badminton Tournament severs off on Wednesday at the Eastern Regional Indoor Sports Arena in Tacarigua. The tournament will see competitors from over 22 countries coming to our shores for the 5 day event which runs from Wednesday 20th May to Sunday 24th May.
The tournament will see players ranked in the world top 100 coming up against top local players such as Nicholas Bonkowsky (Canadian Based /2015 National Men's Senior singles champion) Anil Seepaul (long time National Player) and Solangel Guzman (Former CAC Champion).
Some of the countries expected to be competing include, Mauritius, Israel, Norway, Austria, Belgium, Sweden, Mexico, Peru, USA, Cuba, Belgium, Czech Republic, Turkey and Jamaica.
Pollard/Simmons power Mumbai to IPL finals
The West Indies duo of Kieron Pollard and Lendel Simmons powered the Mumbai Indians to their third finals of the Indian premier league as they defeated Dwayne Bravo’s Chennai Super Kings by 26 runs on Tuesday.
After winning the toss and batting first Mumbai opening pair of Simmons and Pathiv Patel put on 90 runs in the first ten over’s before Patel became bravo’s first of three victims of the evening in the 11th over for 35 runs.
But Simmons continued his course getting to 65 off 51 balls hitting three 4’s and 5 sixes along the way.
Pollard meanwhile gave the innings the perfect close off with 41 runs off 17 balls, hitting 5 sixes and a four, as the former champions closed off their innings on 187 for 6, with Pollard being dismissed in the final over.
Bravo, who leads the league with the most wickets added three more to his tally with figures of 3 for 40.
In reply CSK never threatened their target as the Indians kept their line tight.
Faf du Plessis 45 was the only score of note for Super Kings who lost wickets at a regular pace.
Bravo looked threatening to a point but was run out for 20. Ravi Ashwin, dealt a few powerful blows towards the end, but it could not stop Mumbai from marching into the finals, with their eighth win in nine games.
Mumbai Indians 187 for 6 (Simmons 65, Pollard 41, Bravo 3-40) beat Chennai Super Kings 162 (du Plessis 45, Malinga 3-23 ).
Plans are already under foot to stage a second public town-hall meeting just prior to the first Test between West Indies and Australia in Dominica. Further details will be disclosed at a later date.
Deon Lendore 4th conference title.
The National Association of Athletics Administrations (NAAA) would like to Congratulate Deon Lendore on his 4th outdoor conference title in as many years. His time of 44:41 has placed him as the second fastest man in the world for the year. Only Kirani James has run faster (44:22 & 44:31).See link to the race below.https://rutube.ru/video/ca2ef12639ae98768b5ed3ff7b861823/?ref=logo
Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA)
FABRICE MUAMBA AND RACHEL YANKEY COMING TO TRINIDAD
Mr. Muamba, a former Arsenal star and Ms. Yankey, ex-Arsenal Ladies and the most capped England star ever, will visit the Island as efforts to promote the major new tourism initiative. The pair will visit local schools and community clubs between May 15th-19th as part of the Flow sponsored Legends Community Legacy Outreach scheme.
“Children and youth in Tobago will get a unique opportunity up close and personal,” said Tracy Davidson-Celestine , Secretary of Tourism and Transportation. “These community visits form an important part of our legacy programme that integrates our tourism efforts with activities designed to empower and inspire local youth. Both footballers will share their experiences and positively help to point the way for our children.”
The footballers will work with local kids in the run up to the main event at the Dwight Yorke Stadium between June 15 and 22. The British Airways Tobago Football Legends Challenge will see 8 teams representing top UK clubs such as Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool, Aston Villa and Manchester United face off against each other alongside the PFA and Caribbean All Stars select teams. The six-a-side Legends tournament will host 64 of the best players ever to play the sport.
A vast array of talent has already been signed up for the tournament, led by Tobago’s own Legend and former Manchester United star Dwight Yorke, including team mate Andy Cole and Liverpool great, Stan Collymore. Others expected to strut their stuff include former Chelsea team mates Gianfranco Zola and Carlo Cudicini , Ex-England defender Ugo Ehiogu, former France and Man. United star Louis Saha, Dutch internationals Pierre Van Hooijdonk and Michael Mols and ex- Portugal and Arsenal star Luis Boa Morte.
The Flow Legends Community Legacy Outreach programme is designed to help create a lasting legacy from the tournament, with football legends visiting schools, clubs and academies around the island, coaching and offering advice. Former Manchester United great Louis Saha and Ex Arsenal Champ Lauren have already visited Trinidad & Tobago on separate occasions in recent months.
Brian Collins, Managing Director for Flow in Trinidad said, “We are extremely delighted and proud to be working with Division of Tourism and Transport of the THA to sponsor the Flow Legends Community Legacy Outreach initiative. We saw from the initial launch of the community outreach initiative in Roxborough back in February that this programme excites the kids and ignites dreams.
Sport in general and football in particular has the ability to broaden the horizons of each child whom it touches and Tobago is full of natural talent so a programme like this has the ability to impact exponentially. The exciting thing about the entire initiative is that appeals to football fans regardless of age. Once you love football you won’t want to miss this.”
The event is being hosted by The Divisions of Tourism and Transportation, Education, Youth and Sports along with the UK’s largest international scheduled airline British Airways and the PFA, which represents past and present professional footballers in the UK. Premium Sponsorship partners include Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort , Flow and The Tourism Development Company.
The Legends tournament matches will take place at the Dwight Yorke Stadium in Tobago on Saturday June 20th & Sunday June 21st. Ticket prices have been set at just TT$50 per match day and gates open from 2pm.
Tickets are due to go on sale from May 18th at the following outlets :
Penny Savers Supermarkets,Tobago
Crosby's North Trinidad
Cleves One Stop Music Shop, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad
Cache Outlets Nationwide
Milford 24 Tobago (24 Hr Gas Station)
Flow Payment Centres in Trinidad: Arima, Port of Spain, Chaguanas, San Fernando and Tacarigua.
Flights & Accommodations:
CARIBBEAN: For reservations visit MagdalenaGrand.com -Enter Group Code ‘Tobago Legends.
TOBAGO HOTEL & TOURISM ASSOCIATION: http://www.tobagohoteltourism.com/
INTERNATIONAL: For reservations visit ba.com/Tobago or call 0844 493 0120.
Mr. Muamba, is a retired central midfielder, who played for Arsenal, Birmingham City and Bolton Wanderers. He gained unprecedented international support when in March 2012, he unexpectedly suffered a cardiac arrest during a televised FA Cup match from which he recovered despite his heart having stopped for 78 minutes.
Following medical advice, he announced his early retirement from professional football in August 2012. He is now a respected ambassador for the game and is expected to share his unique insights with school children.
TT Pro League NEWS - Title chasing Police wary of ‘Couva Sharks’ in Digicel Pro Bowl semis
Thursday 14 May 2015
Police FC head coach Richard Hood says he has full confidence in his side’s ability when they face recently crowned Digicel Pro League champions Central FC in the semi-final stage of the 2015 Digicel Pro Bowl on Friday 15 May at the Ato Boldon Stadium.
Attached is a Photo Central FC 'Couva Sharks' Star Midfielder Ataulla and Team: Photo Allan V Crane www.ttproleague.com
Five-time winners and reigning Pro Bowl holders W Connection, who defeated Police 3-0 in last season’s final, will tackle 2008 winners Caledonia AIA in semi-final one from 6 pm, before Central and Police meet in semi-final two from 8 pm.
This season Central, under the charge of then coach Zoran Vranes, flattened Police 5-0 and 4-1 in Round Two and Three, respectively, in the league championship after being edged 3-2 by the “Lawmen” in Round One. Also under Vranes’ charge, Central defeated Police 3-1 on kicks from the penalty spot following a 0-0 draw in the 2014 First Citizens Cup semi-final en route to retaining the title.
However Hood, who got within one win of Police first top flight title in two decades last season when he reached the final, stands confident in his side’s ability but noted that his players have been falling short psychologically.
“We can beat any team in the league but usually fall short psychologically,” said Hood, who remains without the services of suspended Kaaron Foster due to the midfielder’s involvement in a brawl with Point Fortin Civic players on back in February, while utility player Noel Williams and goalkeeper Theon Browne are free to return after serving out their six match suspensions.
Central, under head coach Terry Fenwick, edged 2012 Pro Bowl champions Defence Force 1-0 in the quarter-final round thanks to second half Willis Plaza strike, while had to Police come from a goal down to beat three-time (2003, 2005 & 2006) champions and this season’s Toyota Classic winners, San Juan Jabloteh, 2-1 courtesy a goal each from Todd Ryan and Makesi Lewis.
“I wasn’t satisfied with our first half performance (against Jabloteh) but in the second half we were outstanding,” Hood explained. “But we still have a few things to improve on and we are hoping that we get it right on Friday.
“(Against Central) it’s a different challenge and will approach the game slightly differently because of the opponents. We expect a lot of pressure and high intensity and a very direct and physical Central.
“I believe we can reach the final but it all depends on the mindset our players turn up with on the day of the game. It would be tremendous for us to go all the way and win the Pro Bowl… a great feather in our cap after a disappointing season due to a number of reasons including injures, suspensions and problems where the work responsibilities are concerned.”
Fenwick, who led the “Couva Sharks” over the finish line in the 2014-2015 league championship and into the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championship semi-final round to be contested on 22 May, said that his side will be ready for every game with the hope of adding silverware to the club’s cabinet.
“Like every Cup competition we will be right up for everything,” said the Fenwick during the official launch of the 2015 Digicel Pro Bowl on 6 May. “We will be well organised with the game plan set out for whoever we play. Across the board we will be ready for every game. I’ve got a good squad. We are fit, relaxed, and we’ve got a big championship under our belt and we are looking forward to progressing and adding to that silverware.”
Digicel Pro League 2015
Quarter-Final Round results
Friday 8 May
Police FC 2 (Todd Ryan 27', Makesi Lewis 66') vs San Juan Jabloteh 1 (Tyrone Charles 10’)
Defence Force 0 vs Central FC 1 (Willis Plaza 66')
Caledonia AIA 1 (Trayon Bobb 42') vs Point Fortin Civic 0
W Connection 4 (Jerrel Britto 41', Mekeil Williams 79' penalty, Hashim Arcia 86', 92'+2) vs North East Stars 0
Friday 15 May
Ato Boldon Stadium
Caledonia AIA vs W Connection—6 pm
Central FC vs Police FC—8 pm
Friday 29 May