ALPHA United would be a reenergised team for their meeting with arch rivals Slingerz when the STAG Beer Elite Finale continues next Wednesday at the Tucville ground. Alpha head coach Wayne Dover has indicated that the return of several players to the club has made it a more potent force, capable of overcoming any hurdle on the local football field.
“I would say that we have a wealth of experience and with the return of some players we have a greater chance of taking on and prevailing over any team in the Finale,” Dover said yesterday. Wednesday’s game would mark the first time this year that Guyana’s top two clubs would be meeting.
Last year, the two clubs met on three occasions with Slingerz winning two and the other being a draw.
However, since then Slingers have seen the exodus of several key players to Alpha including striker Anthony `Awo’ Abrams, Colin Nelson, Solomon Austin, Joshua Brown and dependable midfielder Dwayne Jacobs.
Abrams has already stamped his authority and is the Finale’s leading goalscorer. He has fired in a hat-trick in Alpha’s last game and is expected to be a thorn in the side of his former club.
“We prepare for, and expect tough games and next week’s match is no different. Our team is a mixture of youth and experience. We will be looking for the more senior players to lead from the front. Once we stick to our plan and remain focused the sky will be our limit,” Dover opined.
So far, Alpha have played three games in the Finale winning two and drawing one. The `Hammer’ drew 1-1 with Fruta Conquerors, defeated GFC 3-1 and then crushed Monedderlust 4-0.