Trinidad and Tobago Pro League clubs, Central FC and DIRECTV W Connection, will try to return the two island republic to the top of the region this weekend as the 2015 Caribbean Club Championship semifinal and final rounds kick off at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.
Central, the newly crowned domestic champion, will open the curtain from 6 pm today when the “Couva Sharks” face Haitian champions, Don Bosco FC, while Connection tackle powerful Jamaican outfit, Montego Bay FC, from 8 pm.
The losers will meet at 4 pm on Sunday to fight for a solitary CONCACAF Champions League spot in the third place play off. While the two winners, who qualify automatically to the Champions League, will contest the Caribbean crown from 6 pm at the same Couva venue.
Central and Connection were initially drawn to face each other in the Caribbean semifinals but, bizarrely, the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) changed its fixtures in mid-tournament.
It does pave the way for a possible all-Pro League final if Central and Connection are both successful tonight.
In 2014, for the first time in nine years, no Trinidad and Tobago qualified for the CONCACAF competition as Bayamon FC (Puerto Rico), Waterhouse United (Jamaica) and Alpha United (Guyana) all advanced from the Caribbean qualifying rounds.
At least one Pro League team is destined to advance this time as four teams will scrap for three berths in Couva.
Caribbean Club Championship final round
(Fri May 22)
Don Bosco (Haiti) v Central FC, 6 pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;
Montego Bay (Jamaica) v W Connection, 8 pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;
(Sun May 24)
Caribbean Third Place Play Off, 4 pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;
Caribbean Club finals, 6 pm, Ato Boldon Stadium.