Upbeat Cuba start title defence
Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
The 2014 Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Men's Caribbean Cup will kick into high gear this evening with two Group A matches scheduled for the Montego Bay Sports Complex, with Trinidad and Tobago tackling newcomers Curaçao starting 5:30 p.m., while the defending champions Cuba battle French Guiana at 8:30 p.m. in the feature match of the double-header.
The champions have been holding their training sessions at the Sunset Beach Resort playing field and are seeking to start their defence of the title on a winning note. They enter the contest against French Guiana as favourites to do so.
Alaen Mejdt, the head of delegation for the French Guiana side, said his team is looking forward to the match and is quietly confident of doing well.
"Cuba is a very good team; we respect them, but like the other countries here, we are not coming here to make up numbers," Mejdt said.
"There are eight teams here and we are one, so it means that we are among the best eight teams in the Caribbean. Cuba are champions, but we also can play the game, so a win is not out of the question," he added.
Cuba's coach, Walter Benitez, said their main focus is on the defence of their title, adding that while French Guiana have good players from which to select, but that they are coming into the match to win it.
"We are doing well here so far; it's not that dissimilar to Cuba, and training is fine. The players are up for it and ready to go," Benitez said, through an interpreter.
"We don't know all that much about the French Guiana side, so we are working off references. They have good players, but you can expect a good game from Cuba as we start the defence of our title," he added.