Former National Jamaican Senior football player Onandi Lowe will don the colours of the Cayman Island All Stars team as an invitee on the squad facing Sporting Central Academy from Jamaica in two friendly international games scheduled to be played this Sunday and Monday at T.E McField Annex football field in George Town Grand Cayman.
Lowe was expected to arrive in Cayman Thursday to train with current Cayman Islands national team players such as Marshall Forbes and Tom Elliott.
Sporting Central, recent National Premier League qualifiers at the highest level of football in Jamaica, are expected to arrive on the island on Saturday, June 30th, to match skills with Cayman Island’s National Olympic team and Cayman Select All Stars team, a selection of players from Grand Cayman’s top team clubs.
Lowe, a prolific forward is known for his goal scoring ability, which made him one of the top Jamaican players who participated in Jamaica National Senior team’s historic qualification in the 1998 World Cup competition during the reign of former President of the Jamaica Football Federation Captain Horace Burrell.
Lowe was invited to play for the Caymanian All Stars by the President of the Cayman Island Football Association, Jeffery Webb, who said that he was always impressed by the performances of Lowe and thought that it would be interesting for him to grace the island with his skills to help to enhance the abilities of the Cayman players.
‘I am always impressed by Lowe’s ability to play football. He is an outstanding player who exhibits a lot of skills in the sports and I am sure that the people of the Cayman Islands will welcome him by coming out to see him perform physically. I expect a superb performance from Onandi Lowe,’ Webb stated.
Although not on the National Senior team at the moment Lowe continues to play exceptionally well for his team Portmore United (NPL) and has played an integral part in this team winning the 2006-2007 Red Stripe JFF Knock-Out competition, retaining the 2006-2007 season Happy Sutherland St Catherine Co-op Credit Union Knock -Out competition and being placed second in this season’s National Premier League competition.
In a telephone interview with Lowe, he expressed how delighted he was to have been invited by Webb to play for the Cayman All Stars adding that he was even more pleased the fact that the coach of Sporting Central Academy Christopher Dawes is a former Reggae Boyz and also his teammate on the Portmore United team.
‘I am very interested in this game and I am looking forward to it. I will be using it as a pre-season warm up match to start scoring goals against Sporting Central from as early as now. When the season starts I will continue to score on them. I am just building my vibes from now,’ he said emphatically.
The Cayman Select-All Stars are in training for over a week now and the only overseas member of the squad is Lowe.
These games are expected to be interesting as two Grand Cayman teams (Latino and Scholars) both lost their games earlier this month to another Jamaican team the Clarendon All Stars.
These games were made possible through the sponsorship of the Captains Bakery, Western Union, Admiral Administration Ltd and Hot Zone Sports.
Contact the CIFA office at 949-5775 or [email protected] for further details.