In an effort to improve their game and be seen by professional clubs, members of the Cayman Islands under-23 football team currently are on tour in Belgium. The contingent is led by Winston Chung and Bradley Erskine.
The trip was made possible by the sponsorship of Cayman National Bank, the Cayman Islands Football Association and the Ministry of Sports, as well as individual sponsorships obtained by the team members to assist with their trip.
Winston Chung is a former national technical director of football for Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. He created one of the most popular clubs in Jamaica and touched the lives of many outstanding players such as the legendary Allan ‘Skill’ Cole, Leonard ‘Chicken’ Mason and Dennis ‘Den Den’ Hutchinson just to name a few.
The Cayman squad is in Oostende, where they are being viewed by officials from the Brugge Club as well as other professional clubs in the vicinity. The group of 16 players and six officials are scheduled to return to Cayman on 29 July.
Jeffery Webb President of the Cayman Island Football Association said that he was supportive of the efforts made by Chung and Erskine and their assistants, adding that he is optimistic something positive will come out of this tour.
‘I have no doubt that this tour will bring positive results,’ Webb said. ‘These players are academically sound and this will only provide them with opportunities to improve their football playing abilities to a higher standard and provide them with opportunities to play football at a professional level.’