PARAMARIBO, Suriname – SV Robinhood of Suriname knows that a very tall task awaits in its 2019 Scotiabank Concacaf League Round of 16 tie with Panama’s Club Atletico Independiente.
As the lone amateur club in the 2019 SCL, Robinhood has reached the second round of the tournament after eliminating AS Capoise 1-1 on aggregate with the away goal tiebreaker in the Preliminary Round.
However, for Robinhood Head Coach Roberto Godeken, going up against 2019 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League quarterfinalist Independiente represents a different level of competition.
“It’s a challenge for us, it’s not just about the team but also the technical staff, so for both the players and the coaches it will be a very great challenge,” said Godeken in his pre-match press conference on Monday ahead of Tuesday’s first leg in Suriname.
“The players have proven to be that they are motivated. I think they will do quite well and I have confidence in them,” added Godeken.
Godeken acknowledged that Robinhood’s approach to Tuesday night’s clash will begin with having a strong defensive set-up, yet balancing that with the ability to get forward and attack.
“We know that playing at home, we must score in this game. We are playing an opponent that is a professional team; we are amateurs and of course we have to adjust our game plan to our opponent. They are a stronger team than we are and we will have to deal with them by working hard and giving our full effort. We will start with a defensive stance and we know very well that these opponents make use of time and space and we will focus on that,” said Godeken.
Joining Godeken was GK Claidel Kohinor, who played a big role in Robinhood’s Preliminary Round victory by making a number of top-notch saves.
Kohinor feels like the coaching staff will have an adequate game-plan ready for he and his teammates.
“Our coach has a strategy and we follow the strategy. We are in the next round. It’s a stronger team and it will be more difficult for us,” said Kohinor.