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Guaya eyes $.1m CFTL prize

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Friday, November 17, 2017
Hydro Tech Guaya striker Carlon Hughes celebrates after a goal.

Hydro Tech Guaya United will be hoping to cash-in on the $100,000 prize at stake for the winner of the Caribbean Football Trust League (CFTL) Cup Tournament when they clash with Prisons FC in the final from 7 pm at the Ato Boldon Stadium tomorrow.

For all the exciting football played and goals scored in League One of the T&T Super League this season, coach Ron La Forest’s Green Army can finally put their hands on a title, if they can prevail over the prisons officers who have recently been promoted to League One by virtue of their second place finish in League Two of the T&TSL.

La Forest said the prisons officers will be treated no different from his opponents in the TTSL or T&T Pro League, as his focus is on winning the title. “We had a good game against Santa Rosa in the league recently, and also against W Connection in the National FA Cup Tournament, so we will be stopping at nothing or no one. We will be confident in our approach and motivated by the fact that it could be our first title for the season,” La Forest said.

“I saw them play against UTT in the semifinal of the tournament and though they may be playing decent football, I will not be changing my brand for any team,” he added.

La Forest’s men will provide a scary history for their opponent, having scored 54 goals to date and conceding 17. Carlon Hughes, the league’s leading goalscorer with 28 will also be hoping to increase his tally, which in itself can be a separate challenge for the Arouca team, come Saturday.

Anderson Veronique, the prisons’ coach said his team will be looking to end the season on a high. “We are excited but calm for the match. I saw them play recently against Santa Rosa and will make a few adjustments in my defensive structure to cope with their offence,” Veronique said. Special attention will also be placed on Hughes, the coach said, but he made it clear his team will not be afraid of Guaya.

“We have played a few warm-up matches against pro league teams, so we have been preparing for better competition. We will make adjustments if it’s necessary when the game begins, but I can tell you that we will be going after that title,” Veronique said.

Prisons’ stroll to the final includes victories over tricky Santa Rosa’s Big Cannons and Tobago giants 1976 Phoenix FC, the only Super League team in the National FA to date.

WALTER ALIBEY