Portmore confident ahead of CFU Championship

January 30, 2018
File Portmore United's Ricardo Morris (left) celebrates a goal against Humble Lion FC with teammates Roberto Johnson (centre) and Domano Solomon at the Spanish Town Prison Oval in a Red Stripe Premier League match on October 22, 2017.

Coach of Portmore United, Shavar Thomas, is oozing confidence ahead of the Caribbean Football Union Championship in Dominican Republic early next month.

The 2005 champions Portmore are drawn in Group B and are scheduled to leave next Monday. The Portmore team is set to play Central FC of Trinidad and Tobago on February 7; then Atlantico of Dominican Republic on February 9; before closing the group stage against Racing des Gonalves of Haiti on February 11.

“We are looking forward to it, for the club and players to showcase their skills and quality on a higher platform. We intend to move on from the group stage. That is what it is about and we want to be in the thick of things,” Thomas told STAR Sports.

“We are excited and ready for it. Leading in the local premier league plays a role but this is now the international club level. I came in last season with the ambition to take the team past the CFU level and into the CONCACAF Championship. That is what we are going there to achieve,” the former national junior and senior team defender and captain added.

“Like I said, we came third in the competition last summer. And, it will give us a taste of what is to come in the group stage. The team is ready, so far you can see it in the work that we are doing in the premier league. The premier league is no cake walk. It is tough business. It is a everyday grind and on the week they come and get results. We are confident heading into the CFU,” Thomas said.

“I am expecting a competitive group. It is international football and the teams must have done good to be in the group stage,” he said.
Portmore are leaders in the Red Stripe Premier League on 50 points, scoring a league high of 50 goals and conceding the least ­ 16 times from 24 games.

“The team has been working hard on both ends of the field and when we make a change the guy that comes in put in their shift and that speaks volume for the team,” he concluded. 

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