Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Central’s Plaza and Fenwick take February honours


Player of the Month: Central FC forward Willis Plaza, flanked by Wendy’s marketing officer Melita Sharma, left, and Pro League general secretary Julia Baptiste, displays his Wendy’s February Player of the Month award.

Mark Fraser

 Central FC forward Willis Plaza believes his prayers are being answered, but not without hard work, as he enjoys life as a footballer.

The 26-year-old Trinidad and Tobago international was voted the TT Pro League/Wendy’s Player of the Month for February, becoming the second Central player to get the award this season after forward Rundell Winchester picked up the accolade in September.

Meanwhile, Central head coach Terry Fenwick picked up his second TTPL/Blue Waters Coach of the Month accolade in February. The other was in September for the First Citizens Cup-winning coach. 

Both Plaza and Fenwick were influential in the Sharks’ jump to second position on the league standings in February, and Plaza’s six goals in four matches surely didn’t go unnoticed.

“It’s like prayers coming through for me,” said a thrilled Plaza. “It’s all that I’ve been praying for—like this (award) and being on the national team are blessings from the Lord above. So praise and thanks to him.”

Plaza, who represented San Juan Jabloteh between 2010-2012 before moving to Vietnam in late 2012 for a stint with Navibank Saigon, and later joined Song Lam Nghe An for the 2013 season, joined Central during the December/January transfer window.

“I have fans now, and people to play for,” added Plaza. “I’m already making my family and friends proud, so it inspires me to keep working hard, because without hard work every day, things aren’t possible.”

Plaza, who is desirous of returning abroad, “maybe Europe”, continued: “I’ve made a great difference at Central. We are actually winning games at the moment. I want to continue and help the team finish in the top two. I know Connection are very hard to compete with (at this stage) but I’m focused on doing my best.”

Plaza, who was influential in two goals during Central’s 3-2 comeback win over Defence Force last Sunday, believes he also has a shot at the Golden Boot.

“I’m also looking at the golden boot. I’m six goals behind the leading (league) goalscorer and it’s just for him to slip up …and I’m (ahead).”