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TWO-TIME champions Morvant Caledonia United have issued a rallying cry for home support, and not just for today’s First Citizens Cup 2015 quarter-final clash with Defence Force from 4 pm at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.

Morvant Caledonia United coach Jerry Moe believes that while the Stadium isn’t situated within the communities of Morvant and Laventille, it’s still relatively close to home. 

“These are the same people who will go to the (Stadium) for a Carnival fete,” Moe said. “Obviously we can’t bring the stadium to them because pleading to have a venue in our community upgraded (for professional play) seems never ending.” Moe conceded that the club haven’t been fulfilling the responsibility of connecting with the Morvant/Laventille communities but assured that new steps are in planning as part of the rebuilding process on and off the field of play. 

“In the rebranding and rebuilding process it’s our responsibility to get connected with our communities,” the committed Moe said. 

“We plan to begin charity work along with other social activities in the community from next week to try and form a bond with the people.” A name change from Caledonia AIA and rebranded logo to better identify with Morvant-Caledonia, as well as a revamped squad for 2015-16, all under the leadership of club boss and technical director Jamaal Shabazz, Morvant Caledonia United are focused on improvement on and off the field. 

Last season saw the team finish at an all-time low, second off the bottom in the Digicel Pro League after once occupying third before the Christmas break. 

“This season we have brought in some younger players, some of them from different Caribbean islands, and the plan is to try to guide them and mould them into playing in the Cale’ way and shape with the help of some of the remaining senior players. But also being more result oriented.”

Despite being in a rebuilding stage, Moe isn’t dismissing the team’s chances at this season’s First Citizens Cup. He said, “It’s a trophy that’s there for us. We won it in the past. It carries $110,000 as the champions’ prize, so that’s 110 reasons why we should want to win it.”