Sunday 15 December, 2019

Portmore United captain: ‘I am the happiest man on the planet’

Portmore United captain Rosario Harriott (far left # 19) will have the rare distinction of leading his club to unprecedented heights --- a spot in the prestigious Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League (SCCL).

Portmore United captain Rosario Harriott (far left # 19) will have the rare distinction of leading his club to unprecedented heights --- a spot in the prestigious Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League (SCCL).

Portmore United captain Rosario Harriott has all rights to have his head in the cloud.

For Jamaica, the defender will have the rare distinction of leading his club to unprecedented heights --- a spot in the prestigious Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League (SCCL).

Portmore United, the Jamaican Premier League champion, sealed their spot in the Concacaf Champions League after finishing the just concluded FLOW Concacaf Caribbean Club Championship atop the standings unbeaten and with seven points.

The Jamaican club formalized its Concacaf Champions League berth after ending 1-1 with fierce local rivals Waterhouse FC at the Stadium East field in Kingston on Thursday night. In the opening match of the double-header,  AS Capoise clipped Real Hope 3-2 in an all-Haitian affair.

"I must be the happiest man on the planet right now. Lifting the Flow Concacaf Caribbean Club Championship last evening was a joy for all the players and staff as we worked tirelessly towards this objective for the past two years," said Harriott.

Harriott, 29, said the Concacaf Champions League would provide a rarified stage for him and his teammates to parade their talent, and that opportunity is simply priceless.

"The Concacaf Champions League is a great platform for us to expose our talent and improve our competencies as professionals. We know it will be challenging, but we will face it with courage and optimism," he noted.

Harriott, at no stage of the campaign, believed moving into the elite company was ever going to be easy.

"We're not looking for easy tasks as that's not the mantra of Portmore United. Our directors have set high bars for us, and they challenge us to achieve them, and that's one of the reasons we're the most successful club in Jamaica," he ended.

On course to its unprecedented Concacaf Champions League qualification to the 2020 season, Portmore United defeated Real Hope 1-0 and AS Capoise by the identical scoreline, before being held 1-1 by Waterhouse in the Caribbean Club Championship's curtain call.

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