Central FC targets SCCL return

Central FC's Jason Marcano (pictured) attempts a shot against Grenades FC in a Caribbean Club Championship match on May 14, 2017, in Port  of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. (Photo: CA-Images)

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad & Tobago – If Central FC is to qualify for a third consecutive Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League (SCCL), it will have to win a third straight Caribbean Club Championship (CCC).

The road to doing so opened Sunday for the Sharks, who posted a 3-1 win over Antigua & Barbuda’s Grenades FC in the opening match for each at the 2017 CCC finals.

Trevaughn Harriet gave Grenades an early 1-0 lead at Hasely Crawford Stadium, only for the Trinidadian power to reply with three unanswered strikes; two before the break through Jason Marcano and Carlos Edwards.

“It wasn’t the way we wanted to start obviously, going one-nil down,” said Edwards. “I think the guys regrouped really well. We were trying to get back at least one before the half was over and obviously we got the two.

“In the end, obviously, it was a good game. I think we could have done a bit more, but saying that, it’s a great start. Three goals. May it continue.”

With the introduction of an expanded CONCACAF club platform, starting with the upcoming 2017/18 season, the Caribbean will send one team to the SCCL and three to the Scotiabank CONCACAF League.

Edwards, who enjoyed a 16-year career in England, believes that a return to the CONCACAF stage will be significant for the club.

“It’s going to take a lot, but I think we have a good bunch of lads here who can take the club forward,” the 38-year-old finished. “It’s something that you can’t take away from the guys’ CV. It’s something that will always be with them.

“I’m here to help and encourage them to strive for better things. The guys have the potential. It’s going to be sooner rather than later that you’ll see a few of the guys playing at a higher level.”

Central FC returns to CCC action on Thursday against the Dominican Republic’s Cibao FC.