By Franklin Wilson
As it was in the first so it is destined for in the second, we are referring to the first
Cellink Premier League (CPL) when the champion team was decided in the last game of the competition last year and it is destined to end in similar fashion again.
With two match days to go after this evening’s potentially explosive triple header at the Tucville ground, the front runners have found themselves in must win situations.
Defending champions Alpha ‘The Hammer’ United will face off against Sunburst Camptown with aspirations to dethrone the defending champs and win the beautifully carved Cellink championship trophy, both teams are locked on 27 points at the top.
Kaieteur Sport sought comments from the head coaches of both teams, Wayne ‘Wiggy’ Dover, who is the man in charge at Alpha said, they are taking the game very seriously and is aware that Sunburst Camptown will not be easy to beat despite their triumph in the inaugural Alpha Football Festival final at the Providence Stadium, last month.
“We expect a tough battle against Camptown but we are confident we will be up to the
task of coming out on top in this very important match up. We are also very optimistic in retaining the title.”
Dover, who is also head coach of the Golden Jaguars shared that their (Alpha) destiny is their hands since they are fully conscious that they must win their remaining games to retain the championship.
Camptown and Alpha battled to an exciting 3-3 tie in their first round clash and this evening’s feature is expected to be no different despite the fact that striker Elton Brown will not be in the line up for Alpha and central defender Devon Dummett will not be at the back for Camptown. Both teams still possess the necessary artillery to get the job done for them.
Dover’s opposite number Troy Mendonca stated emphatically that they are aiming to avenge their loss in the final of the Alpha Football Festival which will take them closer to their quest of lifting the locally carved championship trophy.
Mendonca noted that they (Camptown) could have done better in the final and have since corrected those shortcomings ahead of tonight’s big game.
“We want to be champions and to become champions we have to defeat the champions and that we are equipped to do.”
He noted that one of Camptown’s strengths is their ability to contain lethal striker Anthony ‘Awo’ Abrams who has been very efficient upfront.
Controlling midfield for Alpha will be their Captain Shawn ‘Fatso’ Bishop with Troy ‘Bugs’ Prescod performing similar duties for Camptown.
Among the main pillars in defence for the defending champs are Kelvin McKenzie and Anthony Harding and for their rivals, Captain Orlando Gilgeous and Leon Muir with Mervin Joseph seeking to continue his excellent scoring from at the top.
The second match between the Guyana Defence Force (26 points) and Pele (13 points) is also a must win scenario for the Army if they are to seriously threaten for the title.
Both teams are coming off respective losses in their previous encounters and will be seeking to redeem themselves.
The GDF lost (3-0) to defending champions Alpha who avenged their (1-0) defeat in the first round, while Pele went under (1-0) to GFC having also lost their first round clash 2-1.
Pele, have been enduring a long period of drought as regards winning while the Army have been recording some solid results until falling to Alpha. An intriguing battle looms.
The first clash this afternoon from 16:00hrs brings together Georgetown Football Club (GFC) on 17 points, who have certainly been the surprise package of the league, against bottom of the table Uprising (3 points).
The latter earned their place at the higher level after they ended as the top team in the division-one league ahead of GFC.
But Uprising, have been flattened in the bigger league while GFC continues to prove that they deserve to be among the bigger boys with some solid performances.
Familiarly referred to as the Bourda Blues, GFC will be going all out for full points in this their final game of the 2008 league as they seek to consolidate in an attempt to end in the top four bracket which would be a great achievement for them.
Uprising, with a game to go have shown marked improvement in the second round but overall, have not been able to transform their winnings ways to this higher level. Meanwhile, the penultimate match day is Tuesday and will see Santos (7 points) who are destined for the lower ranks facing off against Uprising.
The CPL will come to an electrifying end next Saturday when Alpha United tangle with Fruta Conquerors and the final game brings together GDF and Camptown.
Fans would not want to miss any of these exciting matchups and the opportunity to win c-point in the special Texting Promotion being run by league sponsors, GT&T.
According to Senior Marketing Officer Rhonda Johnson, for each match customers and fans can text the number of goals they think will be scored to 620-3733. They can also text as many times as they wish.
Ten persons will be selected randomly for each match to win $1,000 c-point each while a further ten (10) persons will be selected randomly to win $10,000 vouchers at the end of the tournament.
Texting ends at 15:55hrs for matches kicking off at 16:00hrs, 17:55hrs for matches beginning at 18:00hrs 19:55hrs for matches beginning at 20:00hrs on each game day.
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