Guyana’s number one football club Alpha United has clinched a deal to host first round matches of Group One when the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championship kicks off. A source close to the club said CFU was written to seeking permission to host the matches and a positive response received last week. “It is a huge undertaking but the club, led by its president Odinga Lumumba, is up to the task. Guyana is on the verge of seeing more high quality football,” the source said. First round Group One action would be played on April 17, 19 and 21.
Alpha United is grouped with Central Football Club of Trinidad and Tobago and Inter Moengotapoe of Suriname. The Guyana Defence Force will join Alpha as the teams from Guyana participating in the prestigious CFU tournament.
Both teams have opted out of major local competitions in order to properly prepare for the competition. Alpha side stepped the Mayor’s Cup while GDF pulled out of the 25th edition of the Kashif and Shanghai competition, set to commence later this month.
Alpha United’s participation in the CFU contest took priority over involvement in any local tournament hence the withdrawal from the Mayor’s Cup Lumumba had declared.
The CFU championship is an annual competition involving top clubs from member countries. The top three teams from the CFU will qualify to the CONCACAF Champions League.
Last year, Alpha United topped Group Three in the CFU tournament. The group included Trinidad Defence Force, Sporting Notch of Suriname and Harbour View of Jamaica. All Group matches were played in Jamaica.