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DALE SAUNDERS, coach of the Central FC team who completed a hat-trick of Digicel Pro League titles last month, lauded the players and his fellow technical staff members for their efforts during the 2016-2017 season.

About the season he commented, “a great feeling, a fantastic effort from the players and the technical staff. We lost (the Pro Bowl final to Defence Force) but we won overall. So credit the players, the technical staff....they have done a fantastic job. 

“To win three back-to-back (League) titles is not an easy thing. The players have worked their socks off and we applaud them.” Asked what kept the team going this past season, Saunders, the ex-Trinidad and Tobago midfielder replied, “I think the right attitude (by) the players. They have a wonderful relationship with the technical staff. 

“I think the players have bought in to the philosophy of the club,” he added. “Winning is an attitude by Central FC and I think they have bought in to that. We pride ourselves on hard work on the training ground, and they have done very well this season. So credit to the players.” With the CFU (Caribbean Football Union) Club Championships beginning this month, Central FC will have to focus on the defence of their title. 

“What we would do is give them a little rest,” said Saunders about the team’s plans for the forthcoming event. “As a staff we would sit down and plan it going forward, and then we would bring them back in and get it going once again.” Saunders’ deputy Stern John has been recently appointed as assistant to national coach Dennis Lawrence. 

Saunders noted, “at the end of the day, he’s a Central FC coach. We give him all of our blessings to go and work with the national team but, at the end of the day, he’s a Central FC coach.”