It has been a long hard journey, even passing every day near the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba, which is two minutes from his home, knowing that his team played four times there in a Hero Caribbean Premier League final and came up short.
Guyana Amazon Warriors manager Omar Khan is one of the most popular residents of Gasparillo, the community where the Brian Lara Cricket Academy is based. However, he will lead his team to battle in his backyard against the Barbados Tridents on Saturday from 5 pm in the 2019 final of the tournament looking for that elusive crown.
The former West Indies manager has been with the Warriors since the inception of the CPL and has taken them to the title-match on four previous occasions but was turned back at the final hurdle each time.
Khan has a long and impressive history as a manager and oversaw the most successful period in the history of T&T's cricket during the 2006 to 2009 period, where they won everything before them on the competition stage.
Speaking to Guardian Media Sports on Friday, Khan said: "We have a good team in terms of balance and what makes the difference is that these guys are professionals. We don't have the massive names on paper but what we have are players who know their capabilities and can go out there and play within their means and strengths. For us, in management, it is all about making the players believe in themselves. They have come together nicely under the leadership of Shoaib Malik and they have responded well. This is a big game for us and we need to remember the things that have worked for us in the past and do it successfully."
Although the team played unbeaten in the round-robin phase, the first time in the history of the tournament a team has achieved this feat, Khan is well aware that the team's past efforts on the finals stage will be hovering over their heads on Saturday. However, he rubbished the tag of 'chokers' some have given the Warriors, saying, "It's not about us choking. In the past, there would have been key moments that we didn't capitalise on the situation that presented itself and this cost us dearly. We have the core group still with us and they have realised where they went wrong and will be looking to put it right."
About playing for a major title in his hometown village, he said: "We are sure to get the support of the home crowd as there are many Guyanese living here and they show up to support cricket. Of course, there have been many fans locally who have sent good wishes and with the TKR out of the final, I am sure that they would give us that 12th man support."
One thing is for sure, Khan will have his band of strong supporters led by Vijay 'The Bull' Mohip dancing from Gasparillo junction into the stadium, looking to hoist their hero on their shoulders.