Sando and Morvant/Caledonia confident of reversing poor form

​Club Sando supporters during the 2013 Toyota Classic.

Monday 04 January 2016

Bottom dwellers Club Sando and Morvant Caledonia United are confident of rebounding after a poor start to the 2015-16 campaign.

Sando and Caledonia will clash in a rescheduled bottom-of-the-table clash from 6 p.m. at the Ato Boldon Stadium on Tuesday when the Digicel Pro League (DPL) resumes following the two-week Christmas break.

Sando (0-1-6; one point), this season’s DPL debutants coached by Anthony Streete, are winless after seven league outings and occupy rock bottom on the ten-team table, while regular DPL campaigners, Caledonia (1-1-5; 4 points), coached by Jerry Moe, are ninth with one win from their seven league outings.

“This is a challenging period for the club,” conceded Morvant Caledonia United’s technical director Jamaal Shabazz, after the club revamped the senior squad in pre-season.

“(…) one where we have to put our shoulders to the wheel and show strong character,” continued Shabazz. “I believe football problems must have football solutions. We are going to urge the players to take responsibility to solve problems on the field, and no better place to start than against Club Sando.”

​A new-look Morvant Caledonia United at the start of the 2015-16 season.

Shabazz, who also serves as the head coach of Guyana National Team, was pleased to announce that experienced players Stephan David, Akim Armstrong and Marcus Ambrose, who all underwent knee surgery, have shown improved fitness and will return to the “fray to add some experience.”

The Caledonia technical director also said the club will also look at making use of the mid-season transfer window which runs from January 29 to February 26.

Club Sando technical director, Muhammad Isa, said although his club wants to add in every department of the field, with the emphasis on youth, in the transfer window, he believes “the time has come that Club Sando have to show their worth in the Pro League.”

Isa added, “When we were in the Super League and competed against Pro League clubs [in the Cup competitions] we were in competition in the Super League.

“But we started as a fresh team in the Pro League this season against experienced teams at this level and didn’t have the type of competitive preparation.

“Now, for 2016, I expect things to change for the positive. We hope to change things around, but we need our players to show a little more appetite beginning with the game against Caledonia,” ended the Club Sando technical director.

Digicel Pro League 2015-16
Rescheduled Round One Match Day Five fixture
Tuesday 05 January 2016
Ato Boldon Stadium
Club Sando vs Morvant Caledonia United—6 pm