• Monday Jul 14, 2014

    Alpha United coming strong for CCL

    Alpha United President Odinga Lumumba (left) and Steve Ninvalle spoke to the media at a press conference on July 12, 2014.Alpha United coming strong for CCL

    GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Having already surmounted hurdles at the Caribbean level, Guyana champion Alpha United is now focused on the tougher task of succeeding in the 2014/15 edition of the CONCACAF Champions League.

    Its quest to secure a quarterfinal place kicks off with consecutive games at home.  Olimpia (Honduras) and the Portland Timbers (USA) will visit the Guyana National Stadium in Providence on August 5 and August 19, respectively.

    On Saturday, Club President Odinga Lumumba spoke to the media assembled at the Water Chris International Hotel, stating that no stone will be left unturned in the pursuit to top Group 5 despite the size of the task.

    “We believe that we are preparing them at the highest level than the national team has ever prepared,” said Lumumba, whose team has been in camp for more than three weeks and is training twice daily.  “We are set to have some practice games.  We are working to try and get Caledonia from Trinidad here and maybe a team from Suriname or Panama.”

    He also made a clarion call for the government and the business community to show their support for the team, which will be carrying the Guyana flag.

    Constant rain over the last month has put a strain on training facilities, forcing the side to practice occasionally indoors.

    “The rain, however, has been our biggest challenge,” lamented Lumumba.  “We don’t have the luxury of having an artificial turf like some of the other teams.”

    On the topic of the Hammer’s overall strength and quality, Lumumba preferred to keep that information close to his chest for the moment.

    “Put it this way, we are strong,” he expressed.  “We are 30% stronger than we were when we qualified.  We have strengthened the defense, midfield and doing some addition in the forward line.  We have a full complement of coaching staff.  We are pretty much strong.”

    The Alpha boss noted that there will be no valid excuse for an improper performance.

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