Kingston, Jamaica - Arnett Gardens F.C. knows it has a mountain to climb when it meets Panama’s CD Arabe Unido in the return-leg of their Scotiabank Concacaf League (SCL) tie inside Jamaica’s National Stadium on Thursday.
In the encounter set to get underway at 9:00 p.m. local time, head coach of the many-time Jamaican champion Jerome Waite maintains an upbeat demeanor as his side seeks to overturn a 3-0 deficit coming out of the first game in Panama City last week Tuesday.
“Presently we are behind in the tie and this a game that is being played at home (National Stadium), and we are looking forward to the fan support to maximize, but the main objective is to go at this team hard from the get-go,” said Arnett’s chief tactician.
Even though Arnett went down to its Panamanian counterpart, Waite has taken heart in a possible rally by the number of goal-scoring chances the lads created in that game.
“What Arnett Gardens has done in the first game is to show our opponents that we can create chances where we penetrated them on numerous occasions, and I counted where we missed six clear opportunities, and playing away from home and being able to do that, gives us hope for the return match.
“We now have to go out there and hopefully get the job done,” Waite said.
In preparation for Thursday night’s clash, the veteran Arnett coach said he was pleased with the way the players trained since returning from Panama last week.
“The training has been going well, and the players have responded as they are acutely aware of the position that they are in presently and know what to do to dig themselves out of the hole that they are in.
“They know it won’t be easy, but in true Arnett Gardens spirit, I know they will put their best foot forward and fight to the very end… so it will boil down, not only to how many opportunities we create, but how many we will be able to execute. We will be trying to get two goals in the first half and then take it from there,” noted Waite.
The St Andrew-based club will be banking on Oneil Thompson, Marvin Morgan, Fabian Reid, Vishinul Harris, Renae Lloyd and Keniel Hyde for inspiration as Arnett tries to pull off the great escape.
In the second match of the SCL double-header, local champion Portmore United will tackle Costa Rica’s Santos De Guapiles at 9:00 p.m. Portmore lead the playoffs after a 2-1 win last week Wednesday.