Following a history making first ever CPL win over Forge, the Wanderers are aiming to keep rolling on the road in Winnipeg against Valour FC.
After a confidence boosting victory, the players are keen to get back in action to build on last Saturday’s performance.
“It’s been a good week, it’s an awesome feeling and I’m really happy about the goal,” said Akeem Garcia, whose first ever Wanderers goal has made him the talk of the town.
But in spite of seeing himself in the newspapers and on TV in Halifax this week, Garcia hasn’t got time to think about last weekend anymore.
“We have our next game and I have to focus on that. Everyone is fighting for positions on the team now so training is really competitive” he said.
Full-back André Bona is one of those who has been fighting for a spot since he arrived at the club and is now battling to keep it, after cracking the starting line up against Forge.
“I expect an even better performance from our team, we would like to practice on the field what we do in training more,” Bona said. “With quicker passing and nice touches on the pitch to make the coaches and staff happy.”
The competition for places and dedication in training is a great thing for coach Stephen Hart, who has been especially pleased with his team’s defence in the first two games.
Hart says he’s looking for his players to get on the ball more and find more of a consistent passing rhythm against a strong Valour team.
“They have a nice technical team in the forward line with a lot of pass and move action so they’re quite dynamic,” Hart acknowledged.
Wanderers centre-back Peter Schaale is ready for an aerial contest with Valour potentially fielding a couple of capable headers of the ball.
“We know we will have to be careful on set pieces and they could play with two strikers so that will be different but we have looked at it and I think we have prepared pretty well,” Schaale said.
The Wanderers will carry their own attacking threat with Garcia flying high and Kodai Iida growing with each game.
His driving runs behind the front players were another highlight of the Forge win and he’s feeling proud to be a part of it all.
“There were many fans and we did very well so I was very excited but now I’m thinking about the next game. I think we can do it,” Iida said.
The match kicks off at 4:30 p.m. AST on Sunday and Wanderers fans can stream the match online at https://onesoccer.ca/ which is free for a one month trial period, followed by a special rate for season ticket holders.
As with all our away matches you can also get together with other supporters at one of our pub partners who will be streaming the game live.
Athens, Auction House, Durty Nelly’s, Freemans (Downtown, Quinpool, Fairview, Sackville), Hali-Mac Axe Throwing, Niche Lounge and The Pint are all showing the game live.