Alpha United lines up prior to its CFU Club Championship game against Trinidad & Tobago's Defence Force on March 21, 2014, in Harbour View, Jamaica.
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Alpha United head coach Wayne Dover said he is relishing the challenge of facing Olimpia of Honduras and the USA’s Portland Timbers after Wednesday’s CONCACAF Champions League (CCL) draw established eight, three-team groups for the 2014/15 competition.
After a break, the five-time defending Guyana champion resumed training a day earlier at the Georgetown Football Club as it seeks to get in the best physical condition ahead of the upcoming season and CCL play.
Speaking with CONCACAF.com, Dover signaled that the club is well aware of its opponents’ quality and that the task to advance out of Group 5 will be difficult. The former right back, though, is optimistic that the Hammer can make a positive impression.
“We know that the games will not be easy, but we will prepare for the challenge,” said Dover, whose team qualified for the CCL’s seventh edition by winning Group 3 in the 2014 Caribbean Club Championship. “Our fitness, tactical awareness and approach to these all important matches would be key factors.”
Questioned on the make-up of his squad, Dover disclosed that the roster remains the same for now.
“We will be doing an evaluation to assess the various areas and if we see the need to strengthen particular areas, we will so do,” he expressed. “We want to have the best possible combination of players to do the job for us.”
Conditioning will be handled by Anson Ambrose, former Guyana international Richard Reynolds is in charge of the goalkeepers, while Sampson Gilbert is the assistant coach.
Alpha United will be appearing in its second CCL. In 2011/12, it was eliminated in the preliminary round by Herediano. An 8-0 first-leg loss in Costa Rica was followed by an impressive 2-2 draw back home at Providence Stadium. Anthony Abrams and Travis struck for the host’s goals.