Trinidad and Tobago Pro League outfit Caledonia AIA will attempt to get another taste of the Concacaf Champions League when they face off against Portsmore FC of Jamaica in two key Caribbean Football Union playoff qualifiers on May 20 and 22.
Both matches will be played in Trinidad, first at the Hasely Crawford Stadium (May 20) then at the Ato Boldon Stadium (May 22). Kick off is carded for 6 p.m. on both days.
Caledonia, the defending Caribbean club champions are boosted by the return to their bench of technical director Jamaal Shabazz, who is working alongside longstanding coach/trainer Jerry Moe and assistant coach Rajeesh Latchoo.
“These are the two most important games of our season because we always have an ambition to play at the highest level.
“And the Concacaf Champions League is the highest level in our Confederation, stated Shabazz.
“We have respect for Jamaican football and its achievements internationally but Caledonia has no fear.
“Trinidad and Tobago needs to have our two clubs in the Champions League. W (Connection) has done their part now its our turn to represent not just the country but especially Morvant and Laventille, added Shabazz.
Caledonia retained back-to-back titles, winning the FCB Cup and the prestigious FA Trophy and finished second to Defence Force in the League this season.
However coach Moe thinks those achievements are dwarfed by the prospect of playing in the Concacaf tournament.
“Having tasted it last year, every player and staff member wants to work in the Champions League.
“We strive to be the best we can be, added Moe.