Veteran Defence Force player Michael Edwards believes that the present FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa is giving his club added motivation.
“We feel like a World Cup team at the moment,” Edwards said following his team’s 2-1 win over second positioned Ma Pau SC last Friday at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
The victory extended the soldiers’ lead at the top of the 2010 Digicel Pro League standings with 18 points from six games—six points clear of Ma Pau and seven from third positioned W Connection.
Despite finishing the match with just 10-men after captain Corey Rivers picked up a direct red card for violent conduct, Defence Force were able to secure the 2-1 victory with a first half item by Kevon Carter and the winning item by Devorn Jorsling after Ma Pau equalized through Anthony Wolfe.
Edwards, who took on the captain’s armband after Rivers was expelled, continued, “With the World Cup in the air, we can go much further. The World Cup fever is really motivating us at the moment.”
Edwards explained how important the hard-fought victory against Ma Pau was to Army adding, “It was very important for us to widen the gap. Ma Pau were close to us and we couldn’t afford to let them any closer.”
He said that the reason for his side’s top of the table position on the standings is clear.
“We have gelled together. It’s a total togetherness with Defence Force right now. Defence Force is only team that has been together as a unit for the past few seasons,” said the defender.
Defence Force next faces DIRECTV North East Stars from 8pm at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Match Day Eight Super Friday and Edwards is confident of another scintillating performance saying, “We are more than ready.”
Upcoming 2010 Digicel Pro League matches
Round One Match Day Eight
Friday 18 June
Hasely Crawford Stadium
St. Ann’s Rangers vs W Connection—6pm
Defence Force vs North East Stars—8pm
Saturday 19 June
Mannie Ramjohn Stadium
Police FC vs Caledonia AIA—5pm
FC SouthEnd vs Ma Pau SC—7pm
Dwight Yorke Stadium
Tobago United vs San Juan Jabloteh—4pm