Cunupia FC, winners of the Championship Division of the National Super League (NSL), last Thursday received their trophy and $140,000 prize at a ceremony held at All Sport Promotions in Woodbrook. Michael De Four, coach of Cunupia FC, collected the prize from Richard Piper, Tournament Co-ordinator of the NSL.
Speaking to Newsday yesterday, De Four said his club is eagerly awaiting the start of the newly formed Trinidad and Tobago Super League (TTSL) League One competition which will replace the NSL.
Despite playing in the second tier of local football for the first time, De Four is confident his team can represent themselves with distinction.
“We’re looking to win the league. Cunupia, like any other team, are looking to win,” he said, while indicating they’ve already started training in anticipation for the June 2017 start.
Asked about the likely composition of the squad considering Cunupia FC have signed an agreement with Brazilian club Cruzeiro to share information and players, De Four said: “The local guys have asked for the opportunity to show they have the quality, professionalism and determination to play at this level.” Cunupia FC won the National Super League Championship crown ahead of the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT ) via a better head-to-head record after both were tied on 32 points. Central 500 Spartans finished the season in third place.