Alpha to play CFU matches at home
Acquiring finances for sporting teams have always been a major matter, so when River Plate of Puerto Rico agreed to play their matches of the Caribbean Football Union Club Championship here in Guyana against Alpha United, that was welcome news on the club’s finances.
With the high cost of air travel and accommodation and the issue of acquiring visas for the entire team to travel, it would be less costly for the club to host the visiting side.
An official of the club informed Kaieteur Sport that the second round tie will be contested on April 15 and 17 here after that club agreed to play both legs here, effectively easing the burden on the Guyanese.
River Plate was the same club that Alpha faced in the tournament last year and they played to a 1-1 stalemate in a match Alpha needed to win.
Alpha, who are multiple champions after wins in several tournaments both at home and in Suriname, are in the final stage of their preparations for this event. They will be keen to use home advantage and win in order to advance to the money round of the tournament.
Milerock of Linden is the other Guyanese team advancing to the second round by beating a Surinamese club. Alpha had advanced after their Antiguan opponent had pulled out of the tie.
Both sides will hope to make a major mark on the tournament, advancing farther than ever before, even winning the tournament as they look to set Guyana’s club football among the best in the region.