Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
National Premier League teams Humble Lion and Cavalier will face off on the return of the FLOW Champions Cup knockout football competition, in a first-round clash at Effortville Community Centre in Clarendon today, starting at 3 p.m.
That game is one of four scheduled after the draw at the launch of the competition that has returned after a one-year absence. The sponsors have committed $2.33 million, with the champion walking off $1 million richer at the end of the nine-week long premier knockout tournament.
The competition comprises 14 parish knockout champions, as well as the 12 Red Stripe Premier League contenders.
"We have trained well in the pre-season and we are expecting a good game against Cavalier. However, if the team plays like how they looked in training, we should win," Humble Lion's head coach, Geoffrey Maxwell, told The Gleaner when contacted yesterday.
"As a coach, I go into every competition to win. That's my motto and it has not changed," Maxwell pointed out.
"We have a good squad, so I am expecting them to do well," the veteran coach added.
"We want to use the FLOW competition to look at where we are. We are also fully aware of Cavalier's rich history in local football, so at the end, who wants it more will win the game and advance," Maxwell noted.
Cavalier's coach, Lamar Morgan, is expecting a tough clash in the away fixture.
"We want to go there and get a win as it is a knockout competition. We know it will be tough. Last year, we played them and it was a tough game. It should be a good game, but we are hoping to come out winners," Morgan told The Gleaner.
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3 p.m. Humble Lion vs Cavalier at Effortville
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