Monday 21 May, 2018

Central, Club Franciscain face off for final spot in Concacaf League

Action between Bodden Town and Club Franciscain (White and green uniform) during the 2018 Concacaf Caribbean Club Shield champion, in Dominican Republic. (PHOTO: Concacaf.com).

Action between Bodden Town and Club Franciscain (White and green uniform) during the 2018 Concacaf Caribbean Club Shield champion, in Dominican Republic. (PHOTO: Concacaf.com).

Trinidad and Tobago's Central FC and Club Franciscain of Martinique will come face to face on Wednesday night for the final Caribbean spot in this year's Concacaf League.

That game is scheduled for the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex in Jamaica and is scheduled to begin at 7:30 pm.

Central FC missed the opportunity for direct qualification to the confederation's second-tier club competition when they lost the third-place play-off match of the Flow Concacaf Caribbean Club Championship against Portmore United 2-1 on Sunday. 

That match was also played at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex, the home of Arnett Gardens FC.

By finishing fourth, the Trinidadian club was forced into the play-off with 2018 Concacaf Caribbean Club Shield champion, Club Franciscain.

The Martinique club won the inaugural Caribbean Club shield by defeating Suriname's Inter Moengotapoe 2-1 in the tournament in the Dominican Republic in April.

Among those they expect to carry the fight to Central are Johmmy Marajo, Loic Lupon, Pascal Lima, Stephane Moret and Christophe Jougan.

Central FC, a former back-to-back Caribbean champion, was looking for another regional title and an automatic berth into the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League but lost both games in the final play-offs of the Caribbean Cup competition.

In the semi-finals against Arnett Gardens on Friday, Central FC went down 2-0, then lost 2-1 to Portmore in the third-place play-off on Sunday.

Both Arnett and Portmore booked automatic progression to the Concacaf League.

Club Atletico Pantoja of the Dominican Republic, which defeated Arnett Gardens 6-5 in a heart-stopping penalty shooting in the Caribbean Cup finale, qualified automatically to the Concacaf Champions League, the confederation's marquee club competition.

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