Scholars International will take another step in defending their title in the Cayman Islands Football association (CIFA) Digicel Cup Knock-Out competition when they face George Town in the first leg of the semi finals on Sunday 13th January 2008 at the Northside playing field in the feature game at 6:00pm.
Young Elite encounters an improved Roma in the opening game at 4:00pm at this same venue.
The return leg will take place on Heroes day January 28th January 2008 at this same venue.
This was announced at the Digicel Draw held last Wednesday at Radio Cayman in George Town. The draw was done in the studios by Jeffery Webb President of the association and witnessed by 1st Vice President David Fredericks, Martha Godet President of Elite, Mario Watler Captain of Scholars, Rohan Gidarsighn representing Roma and Ian Lindo player of the George Town team.
Webb said that he was impressed by the standard of games played during this knock-Out competition with the games improving in each round.
‘I am impressed with the standard of football played by these clubs leading up to the semi finals. At this stage any team can win the Digicel Cup. We are very pleased with the crowd support and their enthusiasm. I anticipate two very interesting encounters at the semis.’ Webb stated.
Watler said that he knows that every team always train hard and come all out whenever they are going up against Scholars International therefore he was expecting a tough game coming from George Town.
‘Over the years we have created a name for ourselves and every team rise when they are up against us. George Town has never beaten us and we have met them at quite a few finals. It’s a pick we have been looking for; it will be quite an interesting game as these two teams have always been rivals.’
‘It’s going to be a great game; I expect a large crowd and will be fielding our best team. I am asking all our fans and football lovers to come out to an evening of great football,’ Watler stated.
Ian Lindo pointed out that George Town was a strong team and with the return of a few key players the game promises to be one of the best.
‘We will be putting out our best team as it will be a tough game we might create an upset this time. I expect all our fans and spectators to come out in their numbers to support us on that day,’ Lindo expressed.
Martha Godet said that her team was youthful and was excited about winning their last game against Latinos adding that she was looking forward to a great game.
‘Actually this win has made the team excited we are looking forward for a great game at this stage and a great game at the finals,’ Godet said smiling.
Rohan Gadarsighn said that Roma was ready to take on any team adding that he had confident in his team to do their best.
‘Basically elite is a young and skillful team, our team is young and skilful as well. I am looking forward to a very good game,’ Gadarsighn quoted.
In the second round Elite outplayed Latinos 1-0 to reach the semis, Roma stopped Tigers 3-1, George Town dismissed East End 3-1 and Scholars got pass Futures 4-3 on penalties.
Digicel has been the sole sponsor of this competition for the past three seasons and eleven teams participated.