Both coaches confident as Alpha take on River Plate
As the Alpha ‘The Hammer’ United FC prepares for a stern test against Puerto Rican football team, River Plate this evening, Head Coach Wayne ‘Wiggy’ Dover, is exuding confidence that his team will win.
Dover retains this frame of mind even amidst the humiliating 2-0 defeat his team suffered to Camptown FC in their semi final game of the Mayor’s Cup football tournament about three weeks ago. Back then he had blamed his players for poor execution of strategies and shabby work in the field. Indeed, the coach’s concerns were justified after Shawn Bishop, Anthony Abrams and Dwayne Jacobs were all guilty of shabby work that resulted in several glaring
opportunities being wasted.
When questioned of the team’s mental framework after that game Dover had been very optimistic saying that he was grateful that the mistakes were uncovered then and not in the middle of the impending games.
He had assured that he would have huddled with the team management to institute the necessary changes.
Yesterday afternoon the Alpha coach was in a very upbeat mood when asked of his team’s chances in this evening’s game. “We have made the necessary adjustments; the work is done; it is now time for the players to execute what they have learnt,” he said.
Indeed, with the defaulting players correcting their errors such imposing names as Bishop, Dwight Peters and Abrams will certainly prove a handful for the Spanish team.
The local team returns for their second engagement against the same team on Sunday at eth GCC Ground Bourda from 15:00hrs and Dover is confident that they will also win that game.
We were able to put a tab on the team’s shortcomings and football lovers could be assured of an improved performance from our last game,” promised Dover.
However, River Plate FC is brimming with confidence. Their coach, Fabian Zermatten emphatically stated, “Estamos aqui para ganar” (we come to win). He said that he had heard quite a lot about Alpha United and knows that it is a dynamic team. “We have an idea of their style of play but we will employ our unique style to take this one,” declared Zermatten.
He further stated that unlike the opposition, who he said he has learnt plays the ball in the air, his boys will control the ball along the ground a tactic he feels will earn his team the win.
“We have prepared well for this tour and are ready to meet the opposition,” declared the Spanish coach.
The visiting team was engaged in several practice sessions since arriving in Guyana and was scheduled to visit the Providence Stadium last evening for the final bit of practice before tonight’s big game.