First Citizens semis at Crawford Stadium
CARIBBEAN CHAMPIONS Caledonia AIA played CD Marathon in Honduras in the CONCACAF Champions League on Wednesday, flew home yesterday, and are back in action tonight, from eight p.m., in the second match of a First Citizens Cup semifinal double-header, at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain.
Caledonia's opponents are W Connection, who also saw CONCACAF Champions League action on Wednesday night, when drawing 1-1 with Mexican club Chivas at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.
Earlier, at six p.m., St Ann's Rangers meet Defence Force in the first semifinal.
Rangers have already caused one upset in the competition when booting out North East Stars at the quarterfinal stage with a 2-1 victory last Friday. They take on a Defence Force team who edged them 2-1 in the Pro League two weeks ago, and also destroyed newcomers Central FC 3-0 in the First Citizens Cup quarters.
Six-time First Citizens Cup champions, W Connection boast that they are the rightful owners of the title. Connection were winners of the tournament in 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. Caledonia, however, are defending champions, and have declared that they won't easily relinquish the crystal trophy.
"W Connection are no stranger to the first Citizens Cup and we have won this trophy time and time again," boasted Connection's marketing manager, Renee John-Williams during the launch of the 2012 tournament, last week. "This year would be no different. We've won the competition six times and been in the final nine times, and that alone speaks for itself. We are coming very motivated to regain the title. Try your best, but we don't go down very easily."
"It is a problem to get back the trophy from the supporters, and you know the people of Morvant/Laventille," Caledonia AIA coach Jamaal Shabazz joked, during the launch. "I had to get two soldiers to go and get the trophy. So you see how tough it would be to part with the trophy. So we look forward to the semifinals."