After a baptism by fire last year in the Concacaf Caribbean Club Shield, Weymouth Wales will be representing Barbados a second time. Taking back-to-back wins in the Barbados Premier League, the Carrington Village-based team have qualified for a spot once again.
With Concacaf hosting a draw on Friday to place teams in groups, the lone local side was drawn in Group B and set to face SV Real Rincon of Bonaire and Club Sportif Moulien of Guadeloupe. All groups will play a preliminary round robin before the winners and runners-up advance to the quarterfinals.
During a recent interview, President and Manager of the club, Alphonso Lewis explained that he was pleased with the prospects of being in the competition a second year. “The guys were excited from last year, to be honest. They didn't do so well last year, however, they felt that with the experience under their belt, they could be a lot more competitive. With that in mind, they were all geared up and ready for it. It is an exciting experience to be able to do it again.” he said.
Going on to mention that they had paid attention to the draw, Lewis said that they had done their homework and expected a much better showing this time around. “We did a bit of research last night (Friday), looking into it and we believe that we have a very good chance of advancing from the group this time around – at least into the quarterfinal stage – and that will be our primary focus at this point. We do believe that we are competitive enough to come out of that group.”
With the tournament another few months off, Lewis said that he expected to have his team at full strength and firing on all cylinders by then. “The competition is another three months away. We don't know what could happen between now and then, however, we are looking to carry the strongest possible squad. We are going through a little bit of a slump right now so we are hoping that by that time we would have worked past this and be able to be at 100% and clicking once again.” he said.