Guardian General Hope International will play in Group C of the 2021 CONCACF Caribbean Club Shield (CCCS), set for Willemstad, Curacao next month.

Hope International, the 2019/2020 Premier Division champions of the St Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation National Club Championships, has been drawn alongside Fruta Conquerors of Guyana and Aruba’s SV Racing Club.

When the draw and fixtures were released last Friday, it showed that Hope International will meet Conquerors at the Ergillo Hato Stadium on 23rd April and take on SV Racing Club on the 25th.

Fourteen clubs are competing in the CCCS. Group A comprises RKSV Sherpenheuvel of Curacao, Flames United of St Martin, SV Real Rincon of Bonaire and Platinum SC of St Lucia.

AS Gosier of Guadeloupe, Olympique de Cayenne of French Guiana, AS Samaraitaine of Martinique and Sagicor South East FC of Dominica, are the clubs locked in Group B.

Meanwhile, St Paul’s United of St Kitts and Nevis, Metropolitan of Puerto Rico and Suriname’s Inter Moengo Tapoe are the participating clubs lodged in Group D.

The tournament format shows that the winner of each of the four groups will advance to the semi–finals. The match ups in the semi- finals pit the Group A winner against the winner of Group B, with the Group C winner engaging the winner of Group D.

The semi-finals take place on 30th April, with the Third Place Play Off and Final carded for 2nd May.

The winner of the CCCS will advance to the CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championships, provided that club meets the CONCACAF Club Licensing requirements.

The CCCS features the winners of national competitions in countries which do not have a semi- professional league.

Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Haiti and the Dominican Republic, are the four countries in the Caribbean which run semi-professional Football Leagues.

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