Sat, Nov


Point Lisas, Couva. With just a two days before they kick off their first Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League match, DIRECTV W Connection FC has added quite a few new players to their roster.

Placing their focus on youth development, their youngest addition during the mid-year transfer window is Goal Keeper Denzil Smith, who, at 16 years old hails from the Siparia Spurs. Their new signings also include Anselm Jackson who has been a part of the Savonetta Boys’ program before, Jesus Perez from North East Stars, Daniel Diaz also of the Siparia Spurs, Shaquille John and Ronell Paul of Point Fortin Civic Center, Shackiel Henry and Mickell Charles of Palo Seco Football Club.

Connection will be without the services of their two marquee strikers Jomal Williams and Shahdon Winchester this season as they were transferred to Murcielagos FC of the Mexican Ascenso MX during the window. The Savonetta Boys kick-start their Champions League campaign next week Wednesday 3rd August at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.

They face off against Mexican giants Pumas UNAM who they have met twice before in 2009, drawing 2-2 at home and losing 2-1 in Mexico. Interesting to note is that W Connection has lost only once at home to a Mexican team in the current Champions League format against Santos Laguna going under 2-1 in 2015.

Veteran Andre Toussaint, who formed part of the squad that played against Pumas in 2009 along with teammate Hughtun Hector, feels pretty confident about the team’s pre-season preparations and new roster additions

Andre Toussaint on the team’s preparations and outlook towards the game…

“The preparation has been good thus far. We’ve been doing high quality training since the start of the pre-season. Coming up to this game there has been a lot of competition in the team and I feel that we can come out with a positive result…Personally I feel fit…having played against this team some years ago and knowing the level we are supposed to be playing at, it will be a normal thing for me going into the game. For me I am looking to get revenge as we lost in our last game to them so my revenge will be to get a victory in this game.”

On the new additions Toussaint added, that having a few of the younger player that have played at the national youth level such as Shackiel Henry brought added quality to the squad.

Connection’s Isaiah Hudson who turned 16 mere days ago will be eyeing a possible SCCL debut, hoping to follow in the footsteps of former teammates Shahdon Winchester and Keston Julien who both made their Champions League debut at 16 in 2009 against Honduras’ Real Espana and Mexico’s Santos Laguna respectively.

Technical Director Stuart Charles Fevrier on this possible selection…

“Isaiah has demonstrated that he has the ability to play at the highest level in our training sessions, training games and local official games, hence the reason why he may get this opportunity. I am confident that he will do well once selected.”

The Savonetta Boys are also giving their fans a chance to win a trip for two, all expenses paid, to see Chelsea FC vs. Manchester United live from the Stamford Bridge stadium when they purchase their tickets for next Wednesday’s Champions League Game. Fans can visit their Facebook page for further details.

W Connection FC’s SCCL 30 man roster is as follows

1.     Terrence LEWIS (Trinidad & Tobago)
2.     Kurt FREDERICK (St. Lucia)
3.     Gerard WILLIAMS (St. Kitts)
4.     Maurice FORDE (Trinidad & Tobago)
5.     Triston HODGE(Trinidad & Tobago)
6.     Briel THOMAS (Dominica)
7.     Shackiel HENRY (Trinidad & Tobago)
8.     Dimitrie APAI (Suriname)
9.     Neil BENJAMIN JR (Trinidad & Tobago)
10.   Anselm JACKSON (Trinidad & Tobago)
11.   Hughtun HECTOR (Trinidad & Tobago)
12.   Andre TOUSSAINT (Trinidad & Tobago)
13.   Alvin JONES (Trinidad & Tobago)
14.   Julani ARCHIBALD (St. Kitts)
15.   Jamal CHARLES (Grenada)
16.   Ronell PAUL (Trinidad & Tobago)
17.   Denzil SMITH (Trinidad & Tobago)
18.   Kevon GODDARD (Trinidad & Tobago)
19.   Daneil CYRUS (Trinidad & Tobago)
20.   Jelani PETERS (Trinidad & Tobago)
21.   Mickell CHARLES (Trinidad & Tobago)
22.   Shaquille JOHN (Trinidad & Tobago)
23.   Isaiah HUDSON (Trinidad & Tobago)
24.   Jabari MITCHELL (Trinidad & Tobago)
25.   Jesus PEREZ (Trinidad & Tobago)
26.   Stephon SMITH (Trinidad & Tobago)
27.   Isaiah GARCIA (Trinidad & Tobago)
28.   Malik Shirvone ST. PRIX (St. Lucia)
29.   Anfernee FREDERICK (Dominica)