St Ann’s Rangers coach Angus Eve has set himself the ambitious task of a knock out trophy this season as last season’s Pro League table proppers enter Saturday’s First Citizens Cup quarterfinal contest against newly promoted Club Sando.
Rangers meet Sando from 4 pm in the first of a double header at the Mahaica Oval. Hosts Point Fortin Civic are up next as they face DIRECTV W Connection from 6.30 pm at the same venue.
On Sunday, Morvant/Caledonia United challenge Defence Force from 4 pm at the Hasely Crawford Stadium while Police FC tackle Central FC from 6 pm in the second fixture at the same Port of Spain venue.
“(Rangers) are the underdogs,” Eve told the TT Pro League. “And we are trying to bring back the respectability of the club from the early 80s when Rangers used to win titles.
“We might not have a better chance this season than now with two wins to be in a final. And we will try to grasp it with both hands.”
Sando, who lost their opening Pro League game 2-0 against North East Stars, are anxious to show that they belong at this level. And coach Anthony Streete has the additional motivation of playing against a former employer.
“(Rangers) don’t want to lose against me, being a former coach of the club,” said Streete. “This will make the game an even more exciting one… I know the ambition of Rangers and they now have a nice mix of players and a coach (Eve) who is ambitious.”
Eve returned the praise to the Sando coach but warned that there would be no sympathy on Saturday.
“I know Anthony Streete and have a lot of respect for him,” said the Rangers coach. “There is always a bit of rivalry when a coach is coming up against his old team and it will be no different for Streete.
“But I try to win in anything I play for.”
In other local football news, the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) and CNG National Super League competitions announced fixture changes for this weekend.
St Benedict’s College’s clash with Presentation College (San Fernando) will now take place at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium in Marabella from 3.45 pm on Saturday October 17. There was also a change of venue for Naparima College’s match-up with Fyzabad Secondary, which will now be held at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva from 3.45 pm on the same Saturday.
In NSL news, tomorrow’s fixture between Real Maracas FC and Defence Force has been rescheduled to Thursday October 22. And, on Sunday October 18, Defence Force will face Prisons FC from 3.30 pm in Super League Knock Out quarterfinal action at the YTC ground in La Horquetta.
Editor’s Note: Click HERE to see the full, updated schedule for local football matches this week.