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Central and Connection face Caribbean semis at Couva today

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.

Photo: Central FC players celebrate Sean De Silva's Caribbean Club Championship goal against Alpha United earlier this month. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Central FC)
Photo: Central FC players celebrate Sean De Silva’s Caribbean Club Championship goal against Alpha United earlier this month.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Central FC)

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.

Photo: W Connection utility player Alvin Jones (right) evades SAP FC midfielder Okeem Challenger during 2015 Caribbean Club Championship action. (Courtesy Sinead Peters/Wired868)
Photo: W Connection utility player Alvin Jones (right) evades SAP FC midfielder Okeem Challenger during 2015 Caribbean Club Championship action.
(Courtesy Sinead Peters/Wired868)

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.

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4 comments

  1. True Travis. ..but we want to put in a great performance ….think the youngsters will come good…

  2. Yes… good luck to both teams…we need to show the strength of our pro league….

  3. All the best to both teams, central has a more mature squad i would bet on them to win with my head, Connection of course with my heart having had the best season of my career with them, but they have a few yrs to mature,but you never know as beenhakker said 1+1 is not always 2 in football.

  4. I’ll be rooting for both of our domestic teams!!