PARAMARIBO, Suriname – SV Robinhood of Suriname is currently experiencing one of its proudest moments as a football club.
The 2019 Concacaf Caribbean Club Shield winners are on their way to the 2019 Scotiabank Concacaf League after defeating Real Hope of Haiti 3-1 in a penalty shootout in the Concacaf League playoff last Sunday.
For Robinhood Head Coach Roberto Godeken, the feeling of reaching one of the biggest stages in Concacaf is something he will cherish for a lifetime.
“It means so much for the club and also for Suriname to qualify for the Concacaf League,” said Godeken in an exclusive interview with Concacaf.com. “So this is very good for Robinhood and it is very good for football in our country.”
There is no denying Robinhood’s place in Concacaf history. The Suriname club reached the Final of five Concacaf Champions Cups in a span of 11 years from 1972-83, so it stood to reason that the club’s achievement of qualifying for the 2019 SCL was bound to get people’s attention.
“I am very thankful. We have gotten so many congratulations from everyone in Suriname. We have received Facebook messages, phone calls. Everyone is happy,” said Godeken.
Godeken also paused and reflected on what Robinhood’s accomplishment means to him on a personal level.
“I’m so very proud. I have been working for 25 years in the club and have been a member of this organization. It means so much to me,” said Godeken.
With its 2019 SCL ticket punched, Godeken is eager to start preparing for the tournament and show the rest of the Concacaf region that quality that his squad boasts.
“The Concacaf League will be a great opportunity to show that Suriname has good players. It is a good opportunity for us to go far and show the world that we play good football,” said Godeken.
Godeken’s enthusiasm is only topped by his players, who he says are overflowing with excitement to play in the SCL.
“The players are very happy,” said Godeken with a chuckle. “They have been talking all day about it. For many this will be their first time in an international match, so it is very exciting for them,” concluded Godeken.