National Captain Charles ‘Lily’ Pollard will play his first match for Alpha United against Pele this evening at the Georgetown Football Club ground as the local side aka ‘The Hammer’ continues preparations for the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Champions Cup (CCC).
Pollard played a major role in leading Pele to their first ever Kashif and Shanghai title copping the MVP award among other accolades.
He will now switch roles and will be marshalling the Alpha United defense along with national teammate Howard Lowe, the two rendering great service to the Golden Jaguars defense for many years.
Pollard and Lowe are referred to as the ‘Twin Towers’ in the Pro League in Trinidad and Tobago where they have plied their trade for many years.
Alpha, who have been drawn against Haitian club side Tempete FC for their first round CCC match-up set for March 18 in Haiti, were leading Premier League side Fruta Conquerors 5-0 on Sunday evening at the Tucville ground in another warm up match when black out ended the game with just under half hour remaining.
One of two Brazilians in the squad, striker Roberto Melville and Edison Gomes netted a brace each in that match with Andrew Murray tucking in the other.
The coaching staff headed by Mervin ‘Pug’ Wilson and assisted by the England based Ivan Persaud will continue to monitor the progress of their charges in this their second game together. The squad is expected to be encamped sometime in the near future in the city with another closer to the first game in Lethem or Brazil. The second leg encounter is fixed for March 25 at the Providence Stadium.
President of Alpha Odinga Lumumba had written to the Haitian Club requesting that both games be played here, he is still awaiting a response on the request.
Game time tonight at GFC is 20:00hrs.
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