CUNUPIA FC coach, Michael De Four, is confident his team will get the better of Matura FC when they square off tomorrow in the FA Trophy Round of 16 at the Matura Recreation Ground.
Cunupia are coming off a convincing 3-0 win versus Hills United in Tobago and despite not having seen their opponents this season, believe they could progress to the quarter-finals.
“I feel very good about our chances to make it to the final eight (teams). They won their division and we’ve seen all the other teams, but we really haven’t seen them. The players are in very high spirits and are very confident. We feel strongly that we will come out successful,” De Four said.
The Cunupia coach noted that preparation has been coming along nicely and he will ensure his players are in top shape by the opening whistle. “Once the (Matura) ground is in average condition or better we should be alright. I know the ground and it is a nice ground. We normally train the morning of the game and I would like to be there from early. We’ll do a light session in the morning,” he explained.
Commenting on the club’s win over Hills United last Wednesday, De Four expressed satisfaction with his team’s performance and in particular Akiel James who netted a hat-trick.
“Hills was an easy game. We had eight or nine chances and we were very creative in attack. At no point did we feel threatened even though they scored first. We had probably seventy percent of possession in the game,” he declared.
Cunupia FC are enjoying a hugely successful 2012 with three trophies so far this season. Cunupia clinched the Central Football Association (CFA) league title to add to the Hugo Francis Cup and Central FA Cup in a trophy-laden cabinet.
Their success did not go unnoticed, winning the Community Team award at the recently concluded Spirit of Sport Awards held at the Hyatt Regency in Port-of-Spain.