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Connection lose to Haitians but confident of advancing in Caribbean competition; Central announce new sponsors

Trinidad and Tobago Pro League club W Connection FC will be fighting for their Caribbean Club Championship survival on Friday evening when they tackle Jamaica’s Arnett Gardens FC from 8pm at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.

Connection lost 0-1 to Haiti’s Real Hope Football Academy in Group A action yesterday while Arnett Gardens played to a goalless draw with Dominican Republic outfit, Club Atletico Pantoja.

Photo: New W Connection recruit Kadeem Corbin (left) wrestles with a Real Hope FA player during Caribbean Club Championship action at the Ato Boldon Stadium on 31 January 2018.
(Courtesy Nicholas Bhajan/CA-Images/Wired868)

Only the top two clubs from that quartet will advance to the semifinal round and onwards to the CONCACAF Champions League or its second tier, League for Central American and Caribbean clubs.

Fellow Pro League outfit Central FC are in Group B where they will face Haiti’s Racing FC, the Dominican Republic’s Atlantico FC and Jamaica’s Portmore United FC from Friday 9 February in the Dominican Republic.

Real Hope,  founded in 2014, celebrated their Caribbean Cup debut on Wednesday with a famous scalp as they edged the four-time regional champions, Connection, on the latter’s home turf. Former Haiti National Under-20 player Jeudy Thompson got their lone goal after just two minutes.

However, veteran Connection coach Stuart Charles-Fevrier is confident his team will bounce back to qualify.

“It was a really disappointing evening for us from the point of view that we had so many chances and didn’t end with a win […] or even a draw,” Fevrier told the TT Pro League. “We definitely should not have lost the game. Clearly we were the better team but our finishing let us down.

“We have two games left and I am confident we are capable of achieving the [necessary] results.”

Photo: W Connection captain Alvin Jones (right) tackles Santos Laguna forward Edison Rivera while referee Baldomero Toledo looks on during 2015 CONCACAF Champions League action.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Connection are led by Trinidad and Tobago international defender Alvin Jones and include 2014 Caribbean Under-20 Championship winners Akeem Garcia, Kevon Goddard, Jesus Perez and Kadeem Corbin. Garcia and Goddard both won the 2017 Pro League title with North East Stars.

Central, who had a mid-table finish last season, are sponsored by Lollabee Group of Companies and HydroTech Limited for the upcoming Caribbean competition and they also recruited heavily with Carlyle Mitchell, another Trinidad and Tobago international defender,  expected to wear their colours along with Darren “Chucky” Mitchell and Keron Cummings.

(Teams)

W Connection: 18.Julani Archibald (GK); 16.Alvin Jones (captain), 5.Triston Hodge, 15.Jesus Perez, 2.Kurt Frederick, 3.Gerard Williams, 6.Kevon Goddard, 7.Akeem Garcia (17.Jevaughn Humphrey 64), 9.Kadeem Corbin (19.Briel Thomas 66), 23.Kennedy Hinkson (8.Jameel Antoine 79), 99.Marcus Joseph.

Unused substitutes: 33.Jason Belfon (GK), 14.Quinn Rodney, 21.Ronell Paul, 26.Isaiah Garcia, 30.Shaquille John.

Coach: Stuart Charles Fevrier

Real Hope FA: 1.Odelus Louis Valendi (GK); 3.Bissainthe Bicou (20.Cineus Renel 80th minute), 4.Edmund Patrick, 5.Jean Eyma (Capt.), 6.Dunel Blaise, 7.Nerlin St. Vil (11.Schneider Desamours 80th minute), 9.Ronaldo Damus, 10.Jeudy Johnson (12.Exavier Naldory Joseph Rams 91st minute), 14.Wendy St. Felix, 15.Denilson Pierre, 22.Jean Jackinto.

Unused substitutes: 25.Max Djivenel Fleuricien (GK), 2.Paul Fernandes, 13.Phlippe Junior Toussaint, 16.Vertus Wolf.

Coach: Sonche Pierre

Referee: Oscar Macias (MEX)

Photo: Don Bosco FC left-back Jimmy Sara (right) tugs Central FC attacker Jason Marcano back by his locks during a 2015 Caribbean Club Championship semifinal contest.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

2018 Caribbean Club Championships

Group A

[Games played at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva]

(Wednesday 31 January)

Arnett Gardens FC 0, Club Atletico Pantoja 0;

W Connection 0Real Hope Football Academy 1 (Jeudy Thompson 2).

Photo: W Connection forward Marcus Joseph (right) lines up a shot while Defence Force defender Jerome McIntyre attempts to intervene during Pro League action at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.
(Copyright Allan V Crane/CA-images/Wired868)

Upcoming Fixtures

(Friday 2 February)

Real Hope FA (HAI) v Club Atletico Pantoja (DOM), 5pm;

W Connection FC (T&T) v Arnett Gardens FC (JAM), 8pm.

(Sunday 4 February)

Arnett Gardens FC (JAM) v Real Hope FA (HAI), 5pm;

W Connection FC (T&T) v Club Atletico Pantoja (DOM), 8pm.

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44 comments

  1. Like is Haiti time now ….. What they doing different ?? Lasana Liburd

    • They are taking time to develop players. And it seems that we stopped over the last decade or more.
      The clubs should surely take their share of blame for that too.

    • ..And the players too. They settle for average standards disguised as “elite” level too readily. Really mediocre players want to call for thousands of dollars when they cannot be relied on to perform consistently from play to play..

    • Esmond Is not what they doing is what we are not doing Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world without any infrastructure we have 7 stadiums almost every school or community has a grounds but no programs no leagues no nothing month after month year after year on top of that you have a bunch of dinosaurs and dumbasses running football who are either brain dead or incompetent

  2. I’m glad Kadeem Corbin is back at this level though. Hope he is committed to his football again.

  3. Sounding familiar.This team from T&T???

  4. ..The Dominicana team is very dangerous even if they did not score in their opening match..

  5. Connection had a nice knock, especially in the second half, but either the final ball was terrible or the finishing was terrible. In some cases, the poor finishing was down to poor technique. Physically, they were outmuscled many times, and out-hustled. In any event, I think they can advance as well, provided they don’t slip up against the Jamaicans.