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UWI eyeing RSPL crown

Published:Friday | September 9, 2016 | 9:00 AMMarc Stamp

The University of the West Indies (UWI) FC are eyeing the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) title in this their second season.

After narrowly missing out on a place in the top four in their debut season, the UWI FC coach Marcel 'Fuzzy' Gayle says their target is to bring glory to the institution by winning the elite club league.

"We have set a target to finish in the top six and take it from there. With the addition of two more teams in the championship play-off, we are eyeing the title," Gayle disclosed during the first RSPL weekly press conference for the 2016-17 season at Red Stripe yesterday.

"However, we are not putting pressure on the team. We will take it one game at a time, We definitely want to finish in the top six," Gayle, who was voted Coach of the Year last season added.

UWI started the 2016-17 season last Sunday with a 1-0 win against Waterhouse. Having lost their opening game last season, Gayle said: "It is a good start for us. We did better by winning the first this season."

"It is a work in progress and won't be easy as we are no longer seen as a Cinderella team. We have to go out there each game, play to instruction, and do the best," Gayle told The Gleaner. "If we can get the right mindset among the players, there could be a surprise."

 

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UWI will be without Girvon Brown, who was the team's top goalscorer last season. He is on loan to CD Dragon FC in El Salvador.

"We are missing our top scorer from last year as he is away in El Salvador, but have put mechanisms in place to make up for his loss," Gayle revealed.

UWI brought in two players during the summer transfer window, and one of those, Dawyne 'Rick' Smith (formerly of Cavalier SC), scored the winning goal from the penalty spot against Waterhouse.

UWI will play away to newcomers Jamalco FC on Sunday at the Wembley Centre of Excellence playing field in Clarendon.