When the Barbados Football Association’s inaugural Capelli SuperCup tournament kicks off later this evening, all fans will be watching to see who will be the front runners to take the lead for the grand prize of $50, 000.
First out the ranks of the 25 teams chosen to feature in the eight-week tournament at the Wildey Turf, will be new promotes to the Premier League, Whitehall Titans, who will be looking to send the St Andrew Lions back to their East Coast base post haste.
The St Peter based Titans placed third in Zone 1 of the Division One competition after winning ten, drawing five and losing nine of the 24 matches played throughout the competition earlier this year.
Meanwhile, the Lions will have their work cut out for them because the Titans are no walkover. They will have to dig deeper if they intend to make it to the next round of the Capelli SuperCup after finishing in fifth position on 30 points following nine wins, three draws and ten losses in Zone 2 of the Premier League.
In the second scheduled match-up of the evening, newly promoted Wotton FC is favored to walk over Youth Milan.
Wotton finished second overall in the Division One competition after the St Michael based Deacons FC defeated them in the play-off competition. The Christ Church-based side topped Zone 2 on 51 points after winning 15, drawing six and losing three of their 24 games played.
However, the Norman Ford led St Lucy based Youth Milan will have to do a lot better than their showing in last season’s Premier League. They were relegated after finishing bottom of Zone 2 in the Premier League season on nine points, following two wins, three draws and 17 losses of the 22 games played.
Meanwhile, the showpiece of tonight’s opening will be the international friendly between the BFA’s Under-23 Tridents and the St Kitts and Nevis Sugar Boyz scheduled for 8:30 p.m.
Head coach Russell “The Little Magician” Latapy said playing with home advantage, the youthful Tridents were looking for a win.
“We’re definitely going to play every game and try to win these games; that is how we have to play football. In terms of the team, I know that I have the same players that were here before and what we’re asking them to do is play football in a different way on the front foot. We will want to go at teams, especially when we play at home and try to win games. I think that technically our players are good enough to play that way, so that is exactly what we’re going to go out there and do,” he said.
Moreover, Latapy said the 20-man squad would use the game as a rehearsal for their match-up against Haiti within the coming week.
“We have a list of 20-players that we’re going to take into the game, being mindful that we also have players who are going to come in, but we need the games at that level. It’s also a good rehearsal for St Kitts as well because they are going to against Dominica against Haiti on [September] 22, so it's serving the both team’s purpose. We can play against each other and sharpen up and look forward to the game against Haiti,” he said.