Grenades Football Club will play in the finals of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championships in Trinidad in 10 weeks.
The Antiguan club earned its spot in the finals after winning Group C of the tournament finishing with 7 points, two more than their closest rivals, Barcelona Atletico out of the Dominican Republic.
Grenades beat Cayman Islands’ Elite 2-0 in their final Group fixture on Sunday with striker Tevaughn Harriette scoring both goals.
Coach Derrick Edwards commended his players for putting in the hard work but predicts it gets harder from here.
“It was a good feeling to basically have the Grenades team go to the next round of the competition and I have to give a lot of credit to the players. They really stuck to the task in that they played a good tournament, but all in all we’re happy that we are moving onto the second round,” he said.
“We have 10 weeks
to prepare so we will probably give the guys a three week break and then we [will] get back to the drawing board. The rest of the guys, we would have to try and fly them in for about a four week camp before we fly off to Trinidad,” he added.
Grenades had to await the outcome of the Montego Bay United vs Barcelona Atletico contest before knowing their fate in the tournament, as only the top team from each group automatically advances to the finals.
The contest ended 2-2 with Montego Bay scoring twice in the final 10 minutes to salvage a draw and give Grenades the edge.
Edwards, a former national striker, commended the exploits of all his players but said Harriette’s five goals in just three games provided the impetus needed to push Grenades over the edge.
“Without his performance, probably I wouldn’t be talking to the press so I have to tip my hat off to him but also to the entire team. His performance, scoring five goals in three games is a good feat. I think the players worked their socks off and they deserve every minute of this,” he said.
The final round will be hosted by defending champions, Central FC, which received a bye to the final round. They will be joined by the five group winners from the first round for a total of six teams. The format of the final round has not been announced.
The top four teams will qualify for the 2017–18 CONCACAF Champions League.
Grenades Charge Into Club Championships Finals
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