Bodoe savours PowerGen’s title

Trinidad & Tobago Newsday article.

PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD - Baldath Bodoe, coach of newly crowned National League Premier Division champions PowerGen Penal Sports Club, has described his team’s recapture of the league title as the reward for their hard work.

After being bridesmaid for the dethroned Queen’s Park in 2011 and 2012, PowerGen broke the stranglehold of the Parkites on the weekend. Needing just four points in the final round to clinch the league, Bodoe’s team battled to a draw with Moosai’s Sports Club at Honeymoon Park in El Dorado to move to the summit of the standings. 

“It feels good. It’s a good feeling to recapture the title because it’s always a challenge to regain the league. A lot of hard work went into this and winning a league is not easy. There is a lot of planning, dedication and sacrifice that goes in,” he pointed out. 

Asked what is the key aspect to a successful campaign, Bodoe stressed that having and maintaining discipline in the squad is crucial. 

“Discipline is number one and you must have a level of discipline in the players. If not, then there will be disharmony in the camp. You must follow the rules and regulations,” the PowerGen coach declared. 

He also noted that the close-knit nature of the team has a lot to do with what they do off the field. 

“In the last 8-9 years we’ve started praying together. Prayer is an important aspect of our routine even at practice,” he revealed. 

PowerGen, who have not lost a National League Premier Division match outright for close to seven years, did not have an easy road to success this season and had to contend with the loss of several players to national duty as well as the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). 

One of the main absentees to deal with was the loss of their captain Samuel Badree who is playing in the IPL. 

And although missing his leadership, former Clarke Road captain Gregory Mahabir proved a capable replacement. 

“Badree was a huge loss as he’s been our captain for the last eight years. Gregory Mahabir had a fantastic job filling in as captain. He just came into the club last year and it’s not easy to be just thrust into captaincy, but he has the experience as he was skipper of Clarke Road. He had some very crucial knocks for us and really led from the front,” said Bodoe, who has now won the league as coach four times. 

He paid tribute to his players who have all contributed to their success including some of the younger ones who were called upon when Badree, Sherwin Ganga, Kavesh Kantasingh, Ravi Rampaul, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed and Denesh Ramdin were missing. 

Looking to the future, Bodoe believes his team has the attributes to begin dominating domestic cricket once again. He is looking forward to the resumption of the domestic Twenty20 competition as PowerGen seek to finish the 2013 season with two out of three titles. 

“Of course we want to win, that’s our aim. Against Queen’s Park in the 50 over final we didn’t go all the way and in the T20 last year we made it to the semi-finals, but we plan to get back that title. We will have a couple practice sessions and be ready,” he declared.

First Published In The Trinidad & Tobago Newsday.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 03:50