Portmore eager for trio's return for CONCACAF League
Last season's Red Stripe Premier League runner-up Portmore United is ready to face CD Plaza Amador of Panama in the inaugural CONCACAF League first leg tie.
Portmore will host the Panamanian club at the National Stadium next Wednesday, starting at 7 p.m. The five-time national champion club will travel to Panama for the second leg on August 9.
"The preparation is not going badly, we are in the third week. Some of the guys that were a part of the Jamaica national team such as Ewan Grandison, Michael Binns and Ricardo Morris are back from the Gold Cup and will join training," Portmore United team manager Ron Rainford told STAR Sports yesterday.
'We will give a good account of ourselves. We have done some research on the opponent and they have a good team with some players that were a part of Panama's Gold Cup team," he added.
"We have submitted a preliminary list of 35 players and have up to the day before the game to put in the final 20-man roster. In that squad, we are looking to include some youth players in order to give them exposure, which is in line with Portmore's tradition," he reasoned.
"It's a new league with a new challenge and we are getting assistance from the PFAJ (Professional Football Association of Jamaica)," Rainford explained.
The team manager also disclosed that former national senior team captain, Shavar Thomas has been in charge of preparing the team for the past two weeks, alongside his assistant Kevin Deer.
"We have appointed Shavar Thomas as coach," he said. However, he was unable to say the reason former coach Linval Dixon was replaced.