The CIFA Digicel Cayman Cup 2007 has been one full of surprises and everybody is looking forward to the final this Ash Wednesday at 6.30 p.m. at the Annex.
In a surprising turn of events, Tigers FC and Scholars International will face off in one of the most anticipated finals on Wednesday February 21st.
Both teams have been unbeaten ever since the DIGICEL Cup started; Tigers FC won over WD United by a landslide 7 – 0 on the first round of the Cup. Then, in one of the most spectacular come-backs seen on local football, went on to eliminate Latinos FC, one of the favorites for the title by 4 – 3, scoring 3 goals in 10 minutes. The Semi-Finals saw them winning with relative ease on both Legs over FC International, first by 4 -0 and then last Sunday by 5 -3, which gave them an aggregate of 9 x 3.
On the other hand, Scholars International drew bye on the first round, together with George Town SC, and then defeated North Side FC by 2 – 1. On the Semi-Finals, George Town SC proved to be a hard contender, although they managed to win 3 – 1 on the first leg. They tied 1 goal all on the second leg, but won 4 x 2 on the aggregate.
Those results however, should not signify that there is a clear winner for the final. Both teams seem to be in tip top shape in anticipation for the final showdown and it is a sentiment echoed by the team’s representatives. Alfredo Whittaker, Tigers FC’s coach, declared his satisfaction on reaching the last two and added ‘This is a huge milestone for our team who is pretty much new to the competition and it brings me an enormous satisfaction. I want to congratulate the players on their dedication and effort and for not missing one training session. I am very, very happy. This is a great day for us’. Mario Watler, Scholars International President, expressed his joy on reaching the final of the DIGICEL Cup ‘We were confident on reaching the final because we had a good and solid team. I can anticipate that this is going to be a great game although a difficult one, given the level of the teams competing. We will train extra hard to be the winners and we will play with a similar line-up to the one we used on the semi-finals’.
The match will kick off at 6:30 p.m. sharp. (XXX)
Tickets will be $5.00 at the gate while children under 12 years old will get in free. Event sponsors Digicel will once again be giving away lots of free gifts including mobile phones. During the second round semi-finals matches on Sunday February 11th, Mitchell Grant and Asher McGraw each walked away with brand new Sony Ericsson’s Z530i and W300i mobile phones respectively.