Friday 4 December 2015
"In a final only the winners really get rewarded. No one remembers the runners-up." This is the view of Stuart Charles-Fevrier, head coach of three-time Toyota Classic champions W Connection.
W Connection are one win away from a fourth Toyota Classic crown when they tackle Defence Force in the final of the 2015 edition on Sunday from 6:30 pm at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on Sunday.
The Savonetta Boys are the most successful club in the Toyota Classic, winning the inaugural edition in 2005, then again in 2011 and 2013.
"Every player, don’t matter which club, will want to win a final and it's no different on Sunday," added Charles-Fevrier.
"Defence Force are a team with a lot of history. We never take them for granted. They are soldiers and have a good mental attitude. It’s always difficult games against Defence Force but we are confident in our ability and team."
The champions of this season’s Toyota Classic will receive $70,000—an increase from the previous $50,000—while the runners-up collects $20,000.
“We have been preparing from the beginning of the week for the final,” explained Charles-Fevrier. “We want to be as professional as possible in our preparations. We want to win and are making sure do everything in our preparation.”
Connection, champions of this season's First Citizens Cup, defeated Club Sando (5-3 on penalties following a 0-0 draw), North East Stars (3-0) and Central FC (6-5 on penalties following a 2-2 draw) in the Round-of-16, quarter-final and semi-final rounds, respectively, to reach the final of the Toyota Classic, and it was no "easy ride", admitted Charles-Fevrier.
The Connection coach explained, “North East Stars are a good young team. It was a tight game against North East Stars but we demonstrated our quality. Against Central, it’s never an easy game for us. They are games that can go either way.
“But this season our players have grown mentally. We have a young team and the self-belief in our players is growing. I always try to encourage our players that we need to be able to match the entire world in our play. While it’s good to win in terms of local football, we have to look at the next level which is the rest of the world and we are not at that level yet although I have to credit my players in the CONCACAF Champions League (2015-16 group stage). We had a bad start at the Champions League (due to the off-season) but improved by the second leg where we should have defeated Mexico’s top club (Santos Laguna) when the visited us, because of the amount of scoring opportunities we created.
“We want improve in the CONCACAF Champions League. We are a professional team and at any given day we want to be able to take on any opponents from Central and South America or even Europe if possible. So wining locally is good, but it’s not all. Improving the quality of team play and improving professionally is the focus at W Connection. I never let my players stick to local football alone mentally. We always want to do better but by winning, which is the enjoyment,” ended Charles-Fevrier.
Connection heads into Sunday’s Toyota Classic final against Defence Force with a 10-game undefeated streak in all competitions.
Sunday’s action kicks off from 4 pm with St. Mary’s College (CIC) and Fatima College contesting each other for the Toyota Classic Challenge Trophy and $10,000 before the feature clash from 6:30 pm.
Toyota Classic 2015 Final
Sunday 6 December
Hasely Crawford Stadium
W Connection vs Defence Force—6:30 pm
Toyota Classic Challenge Trophy 2015
St. Mary’s College (CIC) vs Fatima College—4 pm