Portmore confident ahead of CONCACAF clash

July 21, 2017
Jabbur Johnson of Arnett Gardens' (left) is chased by Portmore United's Maalique Foster in the Red Stripe Premier League final at the National Stadium on June 5.

Manager of Portmore United Clive Marshall is oozing confidence ahead of his club's Scotiabank CONCACAF League round-of-16 clash against CD Plaza Amador of Panama in the first leg at the National Stadium on August 2.

Last season's Red Stripe Premier League runner-up Portmore United will also play the Panamanian club in the second leg of the two-way mtachup on August 9 in the Central America country.

Portmore will be looking to a host of young stars as well as experienced squad members such as Ewan Grandison, Ricardo Morris and Michael Binns, who are currently away with the Reggae Boyz in the CONCACAF Gold Cup and will be back ahead of the match. The winners of the Scotiabank CONCACAF League will gain qualification to the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League.

"I believe we have the strength and quality in the squad to get the better of the Panamanians and advance to the next round. We have a lot of youthful players mixed with experienced campaigners, and the fact that Binns, Morris and Grandison are at the Gold Cup playing at such a high level ahead of the tie, will benefit the team," said Marshall.


Full support


"The first-leg home tie is crucial, so we need to ensure that we capitalise at the National Stadium, so we have an advantage heading to Panama. We will need the full support of Jamaica to succeed at our task," he added.

CONCACAF officials were in Jamaica last Monday to conduct the final inspection of the National Stadium field and lights ahead of the fixture.

"We will be ready on August 2 to host CD Plaza Amador, with a few minor adjustments based on the recommendations of the CONCACAF officials," concluded Marshall.

The CONCACAF League serves as a qualifier to the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League.

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