St. John’s Antigua- Antigua Barracuda FC will need only to draw against Trinidad and Tobago’s W Connection when they meet on Thursday in Group 5 of the ongoing Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Champions Cup if they are to advance to the next round of matches.
The ‘Cudas earned a single point in their contest against Haiti’s Victory FC on Tuesday evening at the Ato Bolton Stadium located in Couva, Trinidad.
Barracuda and Victory played to a scoreless draw.
Barracuda had won their previous outing by a 3-0 margin, while Victory had lost to W Connection. The top two teams from the group will advance to the next round of matches.
Head coach Tom Curtis, speaking from Trinidad, said the packed away schedule is taking a toll on the players but that they will go into Thursday’s contest with the “best intentions.”
“We have had a lot of games recently and been on the road and done a lot of travelling so we will go into the game with the best intentions and we will do our best to get a positive result,” he said.
“The players are giving 100 per cent; but like I said, it is difficult with the schedule. People are playing four games in seven days now so it’s getting tougher and tougher; but it is what it is and the players are going to have to grind it out and get the results and that’s what we are going to try and do.”
Asked how the players were coping with the packed schedule, Curtis said it is a situation they will have to work with.
“We are going to try and manage it better. We cannot worry in this situation. We have to do the best we can and be as positive as we can and sometimes professional teams get into this situation where they are playing consistently over a short period of time and like I mentioned before we will do the best we can because that’s the situation we’re in,” he said.
Antigua Barracuda will tackle W Connection at 6:30 pm today before they return home on Friday for a pair of games against Orlando City Lions.
They play on Friday and Sunday at Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds.