by Michael Bascombe
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, September 04, 2014 (GrenadaSports) – Grenada’s Spice Boyz will be boosted with the arrival and inclusion of striker Kithson Bain and midfielder Jake Rennie in the team for the remaining qualifiers of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Men’s Caribbean Cup in Puerto Rico.
Bain and Rennie joined the team on Thursday one day after Grenada and French Guiana played to a 1-1 draw in their opening Group Four encounter at the Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium. The two players were originally scheduled to join the team on Wednesday ahead of the game but only received their travel visa on the same day.
Coach Anthony Modeste believes that these two players could strengthen the team for their two remaining games on Friday and Sunday.
“This could be the element of surprise since they (Bain and Rennie) are two key players and our opponents have not seen them on the field,” he told GrenadaSports.
Bain, who plays for Alpha United in the Guyana Premier League, is a powerful striker and is expected to add lethal force to the Grenadian offence while Rennie, who is the captain and is described as one of the best among current midfielders in Grenada’s Premier League, will take charge of his central role as the playmaker.
In reflecting on Grenada’s performance on Wednesday, Modeste said it was a good team effort noting the lack of competitive warm-up games before this tournament.
“I thought the players gave an excellent performance since some of them are new to this level of competition,” he said. “It was a tough game but a good team effort overall in getting the result.”
Terry James opened the scoring, netting for Grenada in the 58th minute but Sylvio Breleur equalised for French Guiana one minute later.
This was Grenada’s first competitive game since a disappointing campaign in the revived Windward Islands tournament earlier this year.
The Spice Boyz next play Curacao on Friday before taking on the host on Sunday with the two top teams advancing to the second round of the tournament.
“We’ll be going all out for the victory. We need maximum points,” said Modeste, a former national captain.
In the other Group game, Curacao and Puerto Rico played to a 2-2 draw. Prince Mathilda and Shelton Martis scored for Curacao in the 59th and 82nd minute respectively while Joseph Marrero scored the double for the home team in the 7th and 51st minute of play.
Scores from the CFU Men’s Caribbean Cup Qualifiers on Wednesday September 3, 2014
Group 3 – Martinique
Barbados 1-1 Surinam
Martinique 6-0 Bonaire
Group 4 – Puerto Rico
Grenada 1-1 French Guiana
Puerto Rico 2-2 Curacao
Group 5 – Antigua & Barbuda
Dominican Republic 0-1 St Vincent & the Grenadines
Antigua & Barbuda 6-0 Anguilla
Group 6 – St Kitts & Nevis
Guyana 0-0 Dominica
St Kitts & Nevis 0-0 St Lucia
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