Portmore mastered CFU assignment
Portmore United's administrator Rohn Rainford said it was a great learning curve for his club in hosting the FLOW CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship final stage at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex recently.
Atletico Pantoja of the Dominican Republic were crowned champions after wins against local clubs Portmore and Arnett Gardens in the semi-final and final, respectively. The champions advanced directly to the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League, while Portmore and Arnett will take the longer route by playing in the CONCACAF League which starts on July 31.
"It is the first time that we have done this level of planning multiple days of competition, coordinating transportation and training. It is a good start for us now that we are in elite competition of the CONCACAF League. We can now leave and ensure that we can coordinate those games properly," Rainford explained.
"We pulled quite a number of parties together for this showing. Special thanks to all who supported us in this venture title sponsors FLOW, CONCACAF, the JFF (Jamaica Football Federation), and the PFAJ (Professional Football Association of Jamaica). We extend a special thanks to our partners Arnett Gardens and congratulate them in reaching a riveting final. We are now both assured of top flight regional football and this can only help Jamaica's football," Rainford said about the local clubs.
Atletico Pantoja walked away with the trophy and US$50,000 first prize money after they beat Arnett 6-5 on penalties. Arnett won US$30,000. And, Portmore who beat Central FC of Trinidad and Tobago 2-1 in the third place match, earned US$20,000.
Meanwhile, Central FC and Martinique's Club Franciscain will meet tomorrow to decide the final qualifier for the CONCACAF League at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex.