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Caledonia hosts Jamaica’s Portmore for decisive CONCACAF qualifier

Trinidad and Tobago Pro League outfit Neal & Massy Caledonia AIA will host Jamaica’s Portmore for both legs of a decisive CONCACAF Club Championship playoff fixture on May 20 and 22. The winner will join DIRECTV W Connection and Haitian club, Valencia, who have already advanced from the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) stage.

Photo: Caledonia AIA attacker Keyon Edwards (left) in CONCACAF Champions League action against Honduras team Marathon. (Courtesy Wired868)
Photo: Caledonia AIA attacker Keyon Edwards (left) in CONCACAF Champions League action against Honduras team Marathon.
(Courtesy Wired868)

Caledonia and Portmore meet from 6 pm at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain on May 20 and then, two days later, at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.

“These are the two most important games of our season,” Caledonia boss and Trinidad and Tobago national football team co-head coach Jamaal Shabazz told the TTFF Media, “because we always have an ambition to play at the highest level. And the Concacaf Champions League is the highest level in our Confederation.

“We have respect for the Jamaican football and its achievements internationally but Caledonia has no fear.”

Caledonia has already won the FCB Cup and TTFF FA Trophy competition this season. The “Eastern Stallions” also finished second in the Digicel Pro League to qualify for next year’s regional tournament.

Photo: Caledonia AIA striker Jamal Gay salutes the crowd after scoring against Antigua Barracuda. (Courtesy Wired868)
Photo: Caledonia AIA striker Jamal Gay salutes the crowd after scoring against Antigua Barracuda.
(Courtesy Wired868)

But Shabazz and assistant coach Jerry Moe believe that participating in the CONCACAF tournament for the second successive year will eclipse everything else the club has done.

“Trinidad and Tobago needs to have our two clubs in the Champions League,” said Shabazz. “W (Connection) has done their part; now it’s our turn to represent not just the country but especially Morvant and Laventille.”

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