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Arnett looking to make most of Carib Club champs

Published:Tuesday | March 1, 2016 | 3:00 AMLivingston Scott
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Jamaican football clubs have made it no secret that participating in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championship is a very tall demand in terms of expenses.

In 2014, the same problem resulted in Waterhouse missing the tournament's second round, while last season Montego Bay United, in their tournament debut, also expressed difficulties in meeting the financial requirements to compete in the regional tournament.

However, both clubs agree that the exposure, experience and other benefits are priceless.

Arnett Gardens Football Club president, Patrick Roberts, whose club is currently in the Dominican Republic to contest Group Four of the first round, share similar sentiments.

"It's (preparation) not difficult to organise. What is difficult is getting the resources. When you have resources there is no difficulty, but the difficult part is to get the resources you need," Richards said.

"You want to carry additional players but you can't, you have to limit the players because of the resources, because just fares for a trip of this nature go into three to four millions. But we have an obligation and wherever the slack is we have to make it up. But it was difficult," he said.

Roberts explained that when they assessed everything, the opportunities and benefits were too enormous for them to miss the event.

"The benefit is exposure for the players, so hopefully someone watching the game will like your players and make contact. It also gives the players a different level of preparation, because we are at the back end of our season so it helps the players to prepare for international competition.

"It is a different approach, but that is the route we have to go, we have to go and see what these teams are made of. We have not known them or what type of football they play," he noted.

"Expectations are high. For most of the players this is their first experience at this level and they are definitely anticipating it. They want to take it to the next level and go as far as they can in the region," he said.

Arnett will play in Group Four of the tournament at the Estadio Felix Sanchez in Santo Domingo, from March 2 to 6.

They play their opening game against Haitian club America Des Cayes tomorrow, then face Notch of Suriname of Friday, before wrapping up their fixtures against Atletico Pantoja on Sunday.