Newly appointed Head Coach of the Guyana Amazon Warriors (GAW), Johan Botha believes momentum is key during his team’s title hunt in the 2018 HERO Caribbean Premier League (CPL).
“Momentum is important and if you make it to the top four, it’s just three wins in a row to win the CPL so momentum is important at the right time.” Botha said.
The former Trinbago Knight Riders all-rounder, noted that it was this exact plan that his team played to in 2015 when they lifted the title after a poor run of form early on. Botha added as he heads into the CPL this year as a coach, he would like to the team to set their goal to making it to the top four, something the GAW have done consistently throughout the five editions of the tournament.
“I think with the tournament you need to get to the playoffs first we want to be in the top four that’s our first and main goal for now and then from there you are two or three wins from winning the tournament” the Head Coach stated.
The South African went on to say that it is a bit of luck involved but at the same time you need a couple of the senior players to stand up in high pressure games.
“In those high pressure games you just hope couple things go your way and a couple senior players stand up and perform on their night.” he mentioned.
With only a few days prior to the start of the tournament, the GAW are involved in two warm up practice matches with the help of nine of the leading local players joining in on the action.
Botha indicated that the camp and games will serve useful especially to the players who never played in the country or had limited exposure to the conditions.
“The camp is very important and some Guyana players but some who need to get used to conditions in a very short time.” the Head Coach said.