Dec 31, 2009 Sports
Intends to battle from start to end
By Franklin Wilson
Unlike other finals, the championship match for the 20th edition of the Kashif and Shanghai tournament is expected to be like no other come tomorrow evening at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.
When Alpha ‘The Hammer’ United lines up against Up-setters BK International Western Tigers the atmosphere on the field and in the stands is expected to be electrifying and passionate as neither team will back off and allow the other to dictate the flow, both coaches have expressed sentiments.
While Alpha lifted the number one trophy when they defeated Bakewell Topp XX in the 2007/2008 final after losing to the very team in 2005/2006, Western Tigers were denied the opportunity of raising the coveted silverware when they lost to Fruta Conquerors in the 2002/2003 finale.
But from the onset of this year’s competition, the Western Tigers camp has been of the view that it is their time to shine and that they have been doing ever since with wins over Victoria Kings (4-0), Bakewell Topp XX (2-1) and defending champions Pele 3-1 on penalty kicks after a 0-0 score line in regulation and extra time.
Coach Cornel Millington speaking with Kaieteur Sport yesterday reiterated the belief that it is their time to shine and they are mentally and physically prepared for tomorrow’s challenge. The team went through their paces last evening at the Tucville ground and will wrap up with a light session this evening.
Millington disclosed that they will be tightening up in every department and are cognizant that they are coming up against a team that is almost a National team.
“We are going out to fight from the start to the end. I’m trusting that Eron Hayde will be back to strengthen the midfield. We intend to work hard to bring home the bacon. We have God on our side, Western Tigers is a praying and a believing team and with the tight community spirit that surrounds the team, we will be victorious.”
Millington, who was the Coach of Thomas United who lost the 1995/1996 final to Beacon, stated that this is his time to come out as the winning coach. He shared the view that victory will do a great deal of good and serve as great inspiration for the hundreds of youths in the West area.
Captain Dillon Fraser, who had a good game against Pele, will aim for a repeat tomorrow evening and along with Shawn Beveney, Devon Millington, Colin Nelson, Phillip Rowley, Ryan Thomas, Sherman David, Maxwell Pellew, goalkeeper Derrick Carter, Chad Fernandes, Dwayne Ali, Michael Henry and Nedd Fraser will have to work and stay focused against a unit that will be gunning from the start.
Alpha’s Head Coach Clifton Bobb pointed out that his team held a very important session at the GFC ground last evening at which they did work on their defence and offence.
“We will do a lot of offensive work because we believe that we were not as efficient as we ought to have been against Camptown in the semi-final. We missed too many chances which we cannot afford to do in tomorrow evening final.”
“We are going to attack the Tigers from the onset of the game and will not relent at all. Fans can expect a very exciting clash in this final which they will not forget.”
Alpha’s line-up is a star studded one with National Captain Howard Lowe at the helm backed up by the likes of Walter Moore, Issa Abassi McPherson, Quincy Madramootoo, Anthony Harding, Dwain Jacobs, Dwight Peters, Shawn Bishop, Philbert Moffatt, Keyon Edwards, Akeem Armstrong and custodian Ronson Williams.
Alpha took care of Grove Hi Tec 7-1, Conquerors 4-0 and edged out Camptown in an epic battle on penalty kicks at the semi-final stage. An enthralling finale is in the making.
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