Speid expects toughest RSPL play-offs in years
Technical director of Cavalier FC Rudolph Speid, said qualifying for the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) via the play-offs this year appears to be the most difficult in recent seasons.
Cavalier with goals from Alex Marshall and Ryan Miller (penalty) defeated Santos FC 2-1 in the Magnum/KSAFA Super League final on Friday and earned the right to represent the confederation in this year's play-offs.
Speid believes it will be a three-way fight all the way between his team (Cavalier), Rivoli and Sandals South Coast. However, he trust his team's pedigree to claim one of the two spots on offer.
"Rivoli and ourselves came down a year ago, so we are both looking to go back after a year. But it is going to be tough as they retained a lot of their Premier League players and a lot went back in the January window. We rebuilt but we have pedigree and that should help. Sandals have been knocking at the door for years and they have been spending.. and they have an experienced national coach in under-15 coach Aaron Lawrence, who played at the highest level. So it's going to be tough for two to come out, so it will be one of the toughest in recent years," Speid stressed.
Speid said the experience of Rivoli and Cavalier give them the advantage but he is taking no one for granted.
"Rivoli and ourselves played the Premier League, these teams know what it takes, so this is going to be the toughest one in years, as over the last few years you usually know the two (beforehand), but this is touch and go to, it will not be easy but we are in good stead," he stated.
The date for the play-offs is still to be announced and Speid said this was posing a problem in regards to preparation.