Basketball star Carmelo Anthony, who has Puerto Rican roots, watching PURvGRN on Friday June 12, 2015

Basketball star Carmelo Anthony, who has Puerto Rican roots, watching PURvGRN on Friday June 12, 2015

by Michael Bascombe

ST GEORGE’S, June 15, 2015 – Head coach of Grenada Men’s National Senior Football Team, Anthony Modeste is appealing for local support for his charges against Puerto Rico in the return leg of the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Tournament on Tuesday.

The Puerto Ricans are coming with a one-nil advantage following Deniz Bozkurt’s 16th minute strike in San Juan last Friday.

Modeste acknowledged the disappointment in the loss but promised that his team is ready for the challenge at the National Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.

“Yes, we’re disappointed with the result last night (Friday) but all is not lost,” he told GrenadaSports in a post-match interview.

“I thought we allowed Puerto Rico too much space to play. Their off-the-ball movement was brilliant. We didn’t track the runners as much as we should and we didn’t pay much attention to the number 9 who is the captain upfront,” he said.

However, Modeste, the former national defender, expressed confidence of the national players turning the tide on the visitors on Tuesday and advancing to the next round of the qualifying tournament for Russia 2018.

“We are pretty confident that we can go home on Tuesday and do what needs to be done. We as a technical staff would analyse the game and come up with the best possible solution in dealing with them (Puerto Rico),” he said.

The Grenadian coach is appealing for the local support, noting that home support could go a long way in motivating the players.

“We’re appealing to the public to come out and give us your full support. Your support at the National Stadium will be needed,” he said.

The Grenada starting line-up on Friday included Jason Belfon, Shannon Phillip, Cassim Langaigne, Marc Marshall, Rohan George, Rickson Phillip, Shane Rennie, Clive Murray, Moron Phillip, Marcus Julien, and Irvine Smith.

Interview: Anthony Modeste


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