Flow Carenage United, the champion team of the Northern Football Association (NFA), leads the standings in the Champion of Champions Super League Qualifiers after two rounds of action with an unbeaten record. They are on six points after beating East champs Valtrin in the first round 2-1, and Eastern Counties Football Union (ECFU) winners Valencia 2-0 in round two.
Their match will be one of three games on the day as the top teams from the six regional associations—the Northern Football Association (NFA), Eastern Football Association (EFA), Central Football Association (CFA), Southern Football Association (SFA), Tobago Football Association (TFA) and the Eastern Counties Football Union (ECFU)—battle for two places in this year’s Super League Tournament to start in June.
In their first-round win against Valtrin, the Carenage men got goals from Jaril Edwards and Kyle Andrews to receive maximum points, although Valtrin pulled a goal back from Marcus Gomez.
Also in winner’s row were Young Stars which prevailed by a 4-1 scoreline over San Fernando Giants while Valencia triumphed over Central winners Fire Services 2-1 at the Cyd Gray Recreation Ground in Roxborough.
United’s 2-0 victory in the second round at the Valencia Recreation Ground also saw the Southerners rebounding from their loss to the Young Stars, to a 2-1 win for their first three points of the tournament, while Valtrin secured full points for the first time, with a 2-1 victory over Young Stars at the Valtrin Recreation Ground. Apart from Carenage, all the other teams have won just once and are on three points.
Carenage United manager and coach Angus Eve has called on corporate T&T to come out in support of his team, saying they would require more financial support if they are to compete in the super league. His team has been part-sponsored by Member of Parliament for the area, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, otherwise Eve has had to dip into his pocket for its everyday operations.
He believes his team will be crucial in the fight against violent crimes, juvenile delinquency, school drop-outs and other social ills plaguing the country, as it will provide youngsters with an option. Eve, a former national coach and midfielder, told the Guardian he is also desirous of competing in the top-flight T&T Professional League.