‘Tegat’ warns MoBay United against complacency
As Montego Bay United prepare to host teams in Group Three of the 2016 Caribbean Club Championship at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, the club's head coach, Paul 'Tegat' Davis, is warning his team not to take anything for granted as none of the teams will be at a disadvantage.
Davis, who has been putting the players through a rigorous training regimen since last week, told The Gleaner that if his players perform anywhere as impressive as they currently do in the Red Stripe Premier League they should finish on top and advance to the next round.
"Playing these games at home offers us no distinct advantage because all the teams participating are professionals and will be coming to play hard football," said Davis.
MoBay United will first tackle Cayman's Scholars International on Wednesday, before taking on Trinidad and Tobago's Central FC on Sunday, March 13. Before that, Scholars meet Central on Friday, March 11.
MoBay United are in a rich vein of form, winning four of their last five matches in the Red Stripe Premier League, with forward Owayne Gordon having the time of his life.
Gordon, who has 13 goals this season, struck back-to-back braces recently in League play and will be hard-pressed to contain. "This is something they have done before, these kinds of competition. The players know what is required and as a club we look forward to moving beyond this round," Davis added.
The host may have to do without two key defenders in John Barrett and Cordel Simpson, both of whom are nursing injuries.
Davis, however, is cautiously optimistic that they will be ready in time for either of the two assignments.
"John and Cordel are two of our better defenders, and we will need them to be fit and ready, but if that's not possible we will have to win without them. I am very confident in the abilities of my players," he said.