Regional Club championship kicks off today

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Former champions W Connection, of Trinidad and Tobago (T&T), will tackle Dominica’s Centre Bath in one of two matches when the 2009 Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Champions Cup kicks off today.

Multiple T&T champions W Connection are travelling for the fixture at Dominica’s Windsor Park Stadium and in the day’s other match CSD Barber, of the Netherlands Antilles, are at home to Suriname’s Inter Moengo.

The CFU has announced that Haiti’s SA Cavaly and Alpha United of Guyana, will stage first-leg matches in the first round of the Caribbean Club Champions Cup, altering the order of the previously announced schedule because of travel anomalies.

The CFU says a holiday in Aruba and a “market day” in Haiti that restricted air flights necessitated that Alpha United face Tempete FC of Haiti at home in Georgetown on March 21, and Cavaly host SV Britannia of Aruba on March 22 in Leogane. Tempete and Britannia were to host their first legs today.

Tempete will stage the second leg against Alpha United on March 25 while SV Britannia will be home for the second leg against Cavaly on March 30.

Other changes included Sevilla FC, of Puerto Rico, changing the date of their first leg home match against Antigua’s Green Bay Hoppers from March 18 to March 21, and the Hoppers delaying the second leg until March 29.

The second leg schedule remains unchanged, with the first legs set for April 13 and the second leg a week later.

Semi-final winners and the Puerto Rico Islanders will be drawn for single-game semi-finals after the second round is complete.

The single-game semi-finals will be played May 15 in Trinidad, which also will stage the final and third-place match two days later.

The Caribbean Club Champions Cup will qualify three teams to next season’s CONCACAF Champions League.

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