DIRECTV W Connection will begin their campaign for a eighth CONCACAF appearance on Wednesday February 24 when the “Savonetta Boys” host Dominican Republic team, Atlantico Futbol Club, from 7.45 pm in the second match of a double header at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.
Surinamese club, Inter Moengo Tapoe, and Guadeloupe outfit, Club Sportif Moulien, will kick off in the four team Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championship group when they meet from 5.30 pm at the same venue.
The four teams will square off in a round robin tournament with matches on Friday and Sunday evening as well at the Ato Boldon Stadium. Only the winner will advance to the Caribbean semifinal round.
The two Caribbean finalists and third place team will secure the three qualifying berths available for the 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League.
Once more, Pro League champions Bankers Insurance Central FC will have to do it the hard way.
Last year, the “Couva Sharks” travelled to Guyana to book a place in the knock out stages before going on to defeat Connection for the 2015 Caribbean title. In 2016, the Sharks will go to Jamaica where they face hosts Montego Bay United and Cayman Islands club, Scholars International, with only the winner staying alive for the final four round.
Central, who are seeking only their second appearance at CONCACAF level, have had their own fixtures postponed, though, due to the Jamaica general elections, which takes place on Thursday February 25.
Connection has made four CONCACAF appearances in the Champions League era and three in its forerunner, the Champions Cup.
Tickets for football fans in Couva cost TT$40.
W Connection team: 1.Terrence Lewis (GK), 18.Julani Archibald (GK); 16.Alvin Jones (captain), 25.Daneil Cyrus, 3.Gerard Williams, 4.Maurice Ford, 5.Triston Hodge, 35.Keston Julien, 2.Kurt Frederick; 8.Briel Thomas, 46.Anferenee Frederick, 26.Paolo De La Guardia Alvarez, 13.Hughton Hector, 14.Andre Toussaint; 34.Jabari Mitchell, 10.Jomal Williams, 9.Shahdon Winchester, 12.Dimitrie Apai, 20.Jamal Charles, 43.Shirvone St Prix.
Coach: Stuart Charles-Fevrier
CFU Club Championship
(Wednesday February 24)
Inter Moengo Tapoe vs Club Sportif Moulien, 5.30 pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;
W Connection FC vs Atlantico FC, 7.45 pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;
(Friday February 26)
Atlantico FC vs Inter Moengo Tapoe, 5.30 pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;
W Connection FC vs Club Sportif Moulien, 7.45 pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;
(Sunday February 29)
Club Sportif Moulien vs Atlantico FC, 4 pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;
W Connection FC vs Inter Moengo Tapoe, 6.30 pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;
(Dates to be confirmed)
Montego Bay United vs Scholars International, Montego Bay Sports Complex;
Central FC vs Scholars International, Montego Bay Sports Complex;
Montego Bay United vs Central FC, Montego Bay Sports Complex;
Venue: Stade Sylvio Cator, Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Teams: Don Bosco FC (host), La Gauloise (Guadeloupe), Somerset Cricket Club (Bermuda).
Venue: Estadio Olimpico Felix Sanchez, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Teams: Club Atletico Pantoja (host), Arnett Gardens (Jamaica), America FC (Haiti), SV Notch (Suriname).
Final Round (venue to be determined)
(Friday April 29)
Winner Group 1 v Winner Group 4, semi-final 1;
Winner Group 2 v Winner Group 3, semi-final 2;
(May 1, 2016)
Loser SF1 v Loser SF2, third place play off;
Winner SF1 v Winner SF2, final.