Jamaica's Waterhouse (pictured) will open Caribbean Football Union Club Championship play on March 21, 2014, against Inter Moengotapoe of Suriname.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Ahead of the 2014 Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championship, Waterhouse is in high spirits and fully confident that its exciting brand of football will bring success.
The Jamaican side open its campaign in Group 2 on Friday against Suriname’s Inter Moengotapoe in Haiti, before facing host AS Mirebalais (March 23) and Trinidad’s Caledonia AIA (March 25).
Despite playing in unfamiliar conditions, Waterhouse does not expect to abandon its usual enterprising style for caution.
“They will want to impose their style of football, not careless being with it, but still impose their style of football,” said Waterhouse president Ricardo Chin. “They will absorb as much pressure that may come their way and in return give it.
“We have the talent that we expect to do well and we really hope that whatever combination we put on the field will do well.”
Waterhouse will field an impressive unit, with a frontline led by Gary McIntosh and Haitian striker Chedlin Francoeur. The midfield includes the experienced Romario Campbell, who reads the game well, and 18-year-old Ramon Howell, one of Jamaica’s finest schoolboy players.
The defensive will be anchored by center backs Omar Walcott and Nicholy Finlayson, backed by goalkeeper Richard McCallum, who started in Jamaica’s 1-1 draw against Costa Rica in a World Cup qualifier last September.
“We have a very rounded side,” expressed Chin. “I am feeling pretty good and if we apply ourselves properly and work with the coach’s instructions, we’ll be at the top of the pile.”
Waterhouse enters the tournament on a nine-game unbeaten run, winning six and tying three in the domestic league.
Chin said the team had also had good preparations ahead of the CFU event and, despite a lack of knowledge about its opponents, believes good results are possible.
“We are all pretty much on a level playing field because there is very little information we have on each other,” he noted. “It is will be a case of who will want it most and who applies themselves best, who will come out as the winners of the round.
“We’re hoping we’re that team that will come out victorious.”