What did I say a few days ago about the CFU not being in the clear when the format for their Club Championship was announced? Yesterday Portmore United and SV Racing announced that they don’t have the financial means or suitable stadia to compete in the Club Championship, so now the first-round list is down to ten teams, five in each pool. More significantly, Jamaica will be without representation in the Champions League for at least a year.
So now, the format has changed. The five survivors of the first round (which is still a two-leg format) join San Juan Jabloteh in the second round, also to be played over two legs. The three winners will be joined by the Puerto Rico Islanders in the semifinals. I’m guessing the Islanders got a bye to the semis because of their superior record in this year’s Champions League. At any rate, the path to the Champions League is really simple for the Islanders, as they will now have two chances to finish in the top three.
Once again, the realities of so many of the clubs in the Caribbean wreck the carefully laid plans of the CFU.