Cavalier to contest Gothia Cup 'B' final today
Cavalier coach Rudolph Speid said his team is ready for today's historic final against defending champions Tika Taka of Nigeria in the Gothia Cup 'B' final in Gothenberg, Sweden.
Cavalier scored a 2-0 win over Spanish club Deportiva Alaves in yesterday's semi-final with first half goals from Dwayne Atkinson and Nique Daley at the Valhalla IP stadium.
Cavalier are the first Jamaican team to participate at the tournament and Speid who has seen his team grow through the one-week tournament, is banking on his Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) players Kaheem Parris, Nique Daley and Jamoi Topey to lead the charge for the title.
GOOD LITTLE JOURNEY
"We have three starters from our Premier League team and those are the people who have given us the edge and this is why we compete so well. We have put on a good show. We have beaten a Spanish team and one from France. It's a good little journey. We have had ups and downs, but we hope in the end we can prevail," he said.
The Premier League semi-finalists took the lead against Alaves after 17 minutes when Jevaughn Cole sent a pass to Atkinson, who outsped his marker and slipped the ball by the goalkeeper. Cavalier then added another before the half-time break when Daley headed home from a corner kick taken by Atkinson.
Speid said the team has improved massively since playing and losing their first match of the tournament and he says they are ready to create more history.
"This is the first Jamaican team to have come to Sweden and people are loving us everywhere we go. We lost our first game ... but since then we have been unbeaten, and we have grown from strength to strength. Tomorrow we will be doing our best to write our name in history," he said.
Tika Taka defeated Kalmar of host country Sweden in the other semi-final.