Thomas hails Concacaf championship: “This helps showcase our players”
Created : 15 May 2019
Portmore United head coach Shavar Thomas.
Portmore United head coach Shavar Thomas is full of praise for Concacaf’s initiative with the 2019 Flow Concacaf Caribbean Club Championship (FCCC).
Following the Jamaican side’s 1-0 win over AS Capoise of Haiti, Thomas hopes that the Concacaf Caribbean Club Championship and a possible appearance in the 2020 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League can serve as a stepping stone for some of the club’s rising stars.
“This will help showcase our players and our talent for the overseas market, so this is a platform we want to be on,” said Thomas.
“Also, getting into the Champions League and getting to see the likes of Mexican clubs and MLS clubs, that’s a stage we want to compete on,” added Thomas.
Tuesday night’s contest with Capoise proved to be a tough contest for the home side, who eventually scored the winning goal in the 73rd minute to claim the three points.
“I’m very happy, especially with our second half performance. In the first half we were not disciplined in terms of guys not playing their role, but in the second half they were. We wanted to stay disciplined, stay on our lines and make it hard for Capoise, so the second half was a better job than the first,” said Thomas.
The victory sets up an all-Jamaican showdown on Thursday with Waterhouse in which either a draw or win will be enough for Portmore United to clinch a berth in the 2020 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League.
After facing each other four times already in the last year, Waterhouse and Portmore United are well-acquainted.
“We watch Waterhouse, we know each other very well. This will be our fifth time playing this year. We just need to set our game plan and see how our players execute best. We know each other, so it’s going to be a hard one and a tough game,” concluded Thomas.
The winner of the 2019 Flow Concacaf Caribbean Club Championship will qualify directly to the 2020 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League, while the runner-up and third place finishers will qualify for the 2019 Scotiabank Concacaf League.
The fourth-place finisher will face S.V. Robinhood (SUR), winner of the 2019 Caribbean Club Shield, in a playoff match to determine the third club that will represent the Caribbean in the 2019 Scotiabank Concacaf League.
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