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Digicel T&T Pro League champions Defence
Force and runner-up Caledonia AIA will kick
off their Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club
Championship qualifiers today.
Both will take separate routes in their bids to
reach the Concacaf Champions League. Defence
Force, which lifted the Concacaf title in both 1978
and 1985, will compete in Kingston, Jamaica in
its Group Three qualifiers while Caledonia AIA,
which reached the group stages of the CCL the
last two seasons will play in Haiti in Group Two.
Defence Force, CFU champions in 2001 and
currently fifth on the Digicel T&T Pro League,
arrived in Jamaica on Wednesday and will open
its campaign against Guyana s Alpha United at
the Harbour View Stadium, from 6.30 pm.
Two hours later, host club, Harbour View, CFU
champions in 2004 and 2007 meet debutants
Sporting Vereniging Notch of Suriname.
It will be the second meeting in three years
between Defence Force and Alpha United, the
current leaders of the Guyana Football Federation
League, after the latter won 4-3 on penalties in
the 2011 third-place playoff after a 1-1 regula-
tion-time draw in Georgetown, Guyana.
The "Teteron Boys" who have had to deal with
recent major set-backs, in the murder of former
player Rawle Fletcher in December, a month self-
imposed suspension from all sporting activities
in January, and the recent passing of winger Kevon
Carter, who died of a heart attack on February
28, will be hopeful of continuing their recent good
run of form.
And coach Ross Russell, who is expecting good
things added: "The guys want to work hard.
They want to play and make T&T proud at this
season s Championship.
Following tonight s match, Defence Force will
face Notch on Sunday before closing out its cam-
paign against five-time CFU Club Championship
qualifiers Harbour View, which is making a return
to the qualifiers for the first time in seven years.
Caledonia, the 2012 CFU champions, will meet
home team Sportive de Mirebalais in the feature
match of a Group Two double-header at the Parc
Nelson, Petit-Frere, Saint-Louis du Nord from 8
In the first match, Jamaica s Waterhouse FC,
comes up against six-time CFU Club tourney
qualifiers, Suriname s Inter Moengotapoe from
Caledonia which failed to win any of its six
matches in the two previous CCL main group
stages and is in the midst of a four-match winless
streak in the Digicel Pro League will then battle
Waterhouse on Sunday followed by Inter Moen-
gotapoe on Tuesday.
In addition to its current poor domestic form,
Caledonia AIA coach Jamaal Shabazz will also
be without three key players in defender Aubrey
David, midfielder Akim Armstrong and striker
David, 23, recently completed a season-long
loan move to Finnish Premier League outfit FF
Jaro, while Armstrong and Gay, are on trials in
Finland, and hoping to secure European moves.
In their absence, Shabazz included three young-
sters in Nical Stephens, Kyle Bartholomew and
Jameel Neptune in the travelling squad as he
hopes to shake off a disappointing season in the
domestically and strive for a fresh start in the
Group One, to be contested Bayamon, Puerto
Rico, will feature Centro Dominguito (Netherlands
Antilles), Unite Saint Rosienne of Curacao, Cay-
man Islands Bodden Town and host Bayamon
FC making up that group.
At the end of the three group series, the winners
will qualify for the semifinals carded for April
and will be joined by automatic qualifiers, Valencia
FC of Haiti.
Friday, March 21, 2014 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
Cale, Army kick off CFU qualifiers
Caledonia AIA's Densill Theobald, right, makes a timely clearance as Defence Force's Josimar
Belgrave closes in while Caledonia's Tyrone Charles looks on in their Digicel T&T Pro League
match at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva on Tuesday March 11. Defence Force won 2-0.
PHOTO: ANTHONY HARRIS
Group Two: Venue---Parc
Nelson, Petit-Frere, Saint-
Louis du Nord
Waterhouse vs Inter
Moengotapoe, 6 pm
Mirebalais vs Caledonioa
AIA, 8 pm
Inter Moengotapoe vs
Caledonia, 5 pm
Mirebalais vs Waterhouse,
Caledonia AIA vs
Waterhouse, 5 pm
Mirebalais vs Inter
Moengotapoe, 7 pm
Venue: Harbour View
Stadium, Harbour View.
Alpha United vs Defence
Force, 6.30 pm
Harbour View vs Notch,
Defence Force vs Notch,
Harbour View vs Alpha
United, 8.30 pm
Notch vs Alpha United,
Harbour View vs Defence
Force, 8.30 pm
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