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Williams: It’s time Police win something
Police FC will take the field at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva tomorrow with directives from Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams that ‘It’s time to win something now.’
The encounter with four-time winners of the title W Connection in the final of the T&T Football Association National FA Cup Tournament comes after a trophy-less 23 years in the sport that prompted Williams to add to his responsibility of national security, by calling for a silverware.
Police last won the cup in 1994 following a victory over Superstar Rangers which came after its triumph in 1990 and 1975. But now the top has been instrumental in ensuring that things were put in place for police footballers to focus on their game, including time off for practice, rest after training and time to attend matches- Richard Hood, the Police coach explained at a press conference at the conference room of the Couva facility, yesterday.
Hood, supported by his captain and goalkeeper Adrian Foncette, assured they will be going all out to win the title.
“Our message has been, and we have been trying to get in the players’ heads this season that, it is time. We have put a lot of things in place this season to correct some of the problems we have had in our campaign in the Pro League, to try and make Police closer to a professional unit,” Hood said.
He admitted his team has under-achieved this season but feels the time to make it right will be on Friday. “After the semi-final match, our commissioner called to find out the result, because he knows, he has been following the team,” Hood said.
Foncette said his team has been motivated by the fact that it has not won silverware in a while but made it clear it will be a good game, against a very good Connection team that knows how to win and has been in finals on many occasions.
Earl Jean, the Connection coach joking threatened Police that all will be even when they cross the white line. After four titles in seven finals, the Savonetta Boys have not won the cup since 2014 when they were beaten by North East Stars in the final. Jean, who was largely instrumental in some of the titles his team won as a player, said they have been waiting for the opportunity to win the cup for a long time.
His team will be coming off a high after copping the First Citizens Cup recently and has had numerous experiences in finals.
The final will carry a handsome $100,000 winners purse but the team that wins stand to take home close to $150,000 due to the football association’s increased incentives for winners of every round of the tournament.
Both teams have called on the public to come out to an expected epic battle. Fans will be treated to an all-inclusive event for $50, which will include free drinks, eats and entertainment. There will also be cash incentives for fans
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