KINGSTON, Jamaica – Waterhouse of Jamaica have just one Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League appearance in their club history, and they are keen on making it two.
After eliminating 2018 Scotiabank Concacaf League champions Herediano of Costa Rica in the previous round, Waterhouse will now take aim at Motagua and Honduras in the quarterfinals.
Should they advance, it will seal Waterhouse’s second ever appearance in the SCCL. Yet the real victory has come with the Jamaican club being able to show the rest of the region the talent they have to offer.
“[The Concacaf League] is a huge opportunity and it’s a good platform to showcase our talent here in Jamaica,” said Waterhouse Head Coach Marcel Gayle in Tuesday’s pre-match press conference.
That sentiment was echoed by DF and team captain Shawn Lawes, who is eager to take the field against the Catracho club.
“We’re happy to be here. It’s a pleasure to play high-class football, so it’s a pleasure for me, the team and the Waterhouse community. We’re happy to be here and we’re ready,” said Lawes.
Lawes also feels like Waterhouse’s domestic campaign in the Red Stripe Premier League has provided good preparation for the squad
“It definitely has in terms of a training method and so it’s definitely a good workout for games like this. We are prepared physically and mentally, the gaffer is doing a good job on the training pitch, so definitely we are ready,” said Lawes.
Like any Concacaf two-legged tie, Gayle expects an intense 180 minutes of football and is confident his team can get the job done.
“I feel upbeat, the guys are ready to go and represent the club and play good football. Motagua try to move the ball, they are very aggressive going forward so we are very mindful of that,” concluded Gayle.