Guaya United, the T&T Super League champions will begin the defence of their titles (League and CFTL League Cup) on Sunday against Petit Valley Diego Martin United.
The new-look Guaya outfit will be without its sponsor Hydro Tech and influential coach Ron La Forrest, both parting ways with the club due to differences in the direction it ought to go. La Forrest’s position has been taken by understudy coach Calvin Hughes, while four other key players have moved on to other T&T Pro League teams.
Guaya won the Caribbean Football Trust Limited (CFTL) League Cup and League titles after losing just twice for the entire season, but this time they may lack the fire power it had last year.
Guaya faces a Diego Martin team that won League Two of the TTSL last year and squeezed into this year’s tournament after being among a list of teams to have received provisional bans for being non-compliant.
Sunday’s encounter will be played at the St Anthony’s College Ground, Westmoorings from 4 pm and will be crucial for both teams sending a warning to their opponents.
The 14-team competition gets going tomorrow with last year’s runner-up in the League FC Santa Rosa hosting Tobagonians Bethel FC at the Arima Velodrome from 6 pm. New Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Shamfa Cudjoe is expected to be on hand to support the Tobagonians, while Arima Mayor Lisa Morris Julian is set to don the yellow and blue shirt of the Big Cannons.
Keith Look Loy, the FC Santa Rosa president has said to expect an entertaining atmosphere with performances from soca artistes Olatunji, Rome as well as other rhythm sections, that will add to an expectedly high-quality match by the teams. The game will also be televised live by the T&T Entertainment Network.
Saturday’s opening day will also comprise a match-up between newcomers Matura ReUnited FC and Queen’s Park at the Larry Gomes Stadium, Malabar Arima from 4 pm, while UTT will be up against another debutant club RSSR FA, the Northern Football Association (NFA) campaigners from 7 pm at the O’Meara Campus Ground in Arima.
Another newcomer to the league, Metal X Erin FC will take the field on Sunday in a match-up against Club Sando at its Erin Recreation Ground from 6 pm. Metal X, an engineering company from central Trinidad, agreed to sponsor the team for the season to the tune of $51,000.
The team’s triumph at the Southern FA has brought much fame to its community and has led to the support of Member of Parliament for the La Brea area Nicole Olivierre, as well as LNG, TGU and R Lalla & Company.
Team president and owner Jason Gordon said his charges are excited to play their first match in the super league after eight years of trying to qualify. For the match, there will be live entertainment as well as food and drinks on sale.
FC Santa Rosa vs Bethel United,Arima Velodrome, 6 pm
Matura ReUnited FC vs QPCC, Larry Gomes Stadium, 4 pm
UTT vs RSSR FA UTT, O’Meara Campus 7 pm
San Fernando Giants vs Cunupia FC, St Margaret’s Recreation Grd, 4 pm
Prisons FC vs Police FC, YTC, Arouca, 3.30 pm
Petit Valley/Diego Martin Utd vs Guaya United, St Anthony’s College, 4 pm
Erin FC vs Club Sando, Erin Recreation Ground, 6 pm