Boys Town Football Club one of Jamaica’s most renowned National Premier league teams, travels to the Cayman Islands on February 29 to play two practice games against a Cayman select team and the Cayman Islands National Senior Men’s team before departing the island on Monday March 3.
On Saturday March 1 Boys Town faces the Cayman select team at the North Side playing field at 7:00pm. On Sunday March 2 the Cayman Islands National team will entertain the Boys Town same time and venue.
These games according to Technical Director of the Cayman Islands National team Carl Brown are part of the count down preparations going into the second leg of the road to South Africa World Cup Qualifiers against Bermuda which takes place at the Truman Bodden Stadium here in Grand Cayman on March 30.
Sunday February 3 has gone down in the history of Cayman Islands’ football when the team came from behind to draw 1-1 in the first leg of the World Cup Qualifiers played against Bermuda with a goal off the boots of Allean Richard Grant in the 85th minute.
The Caymanians are basking in this celebrated result one of the best they have had so far at the World Cup Qualifiers level. This result has placed them in a high-flying position as a 0-0 draw in the return leg scheduled to take place March 30 will be enough to take them into their first ever second round World Cup Qualifiers game.
If the Carl Brown led team makes it over this hurdle their next challenge will be against Trinidad and Tobago dubbed the Soca Warriors who are ranked 78th in the FIFA rankings.
It is with this in mind that Brown has decided to get these players sharpened by exposing them again to his former club Boys Town in an attempt to reap additional benefits similar to those derived from the training camp held in Jamaica in early January.
During this training camp the Cayman Islands played National League teams Sporting Central, Portmore United, Tivoli Gardens, Boys Town and Champion of Champion Cup holders Harbour View.
This training camp has played a major role physically and emotionally on the squad which were selected from the various clubs participating in the islands National league and sent to a place where most of them were going for the very first time.
They returned with a more positive attitude towards the game and have been exhibiting the skills of their true potential found on the Jamaican soils since that exposure.
The players have given high praises to Carl Brown and the Jamaican teams. It was like a wake up call for them as they learnt how to appreciate the time he spent with them and treasured the words of wisdom he extended to them on and off the field.
Midfielder Marshall Forbes one of the national team key players, had high praises for Brown in a recent interview pointing out that Brown was the best coach he has ever worked with.
‘Playing against the Jamaican teams has definitely made me a better player, Carl Brown is one if the best Technical Directors I have ever worked with. If he gets the full support from CIFA, the ministry of Sports and the corporate community football will definitely take off to an elevated level in the near future.’
‘This coach knows what he wants, knows how to do it all he needs is the support behind him,’ Forbes explained.
Brown was asked why he opted to get more practice games with Boys Town on this World Cup trail. He said the games were part of the preparations for the World Cup Qualifiers in an effort to expose them to a home environment as the return leg will be played here in the Cayman Islands.
‘Playing at home always brings greater pressure on teams, these games will afford them the opportunity to win the support of the various levels of the Islands community be it coorperate, football lovers, sponsors, government or otherwise’
‘We are selling the game to the public our goal is to unite the Cayman Island through football. We are looking to have our supporters as our twelfth man. These players will be encouraged by a large crowd dressed in the Cayman Islands colours.’
‘The games will be used as rehearsals for the spectators as we attempt to create history by advancing to the next round of the World Cup Qualifiers.’
‘It is not an easy task but together we have a better chance in reaching this milestone,’ Brown concluded.
Coach of Boys Town Andrew Price was quite positive towards coming to the Cayman Islands with his team and pointed out the long relationship the club had with the Cayman Islands. He made it quite clear that he was more than happy to assist Brown in preparing the team for this decisive return leg game against Bermuda.
‘These games are very important as the Cayman Islands prepares for the second leg against Bermuda. Recently they came to Jamaica on a training camp with one of Jamaica’s football icons Carl Brown as head of the technical staff and it is good to know that the camp had a positive effect on them and propelled them to a draw with Bermuda.’
‘We are only too happy to come across to answer to Brown’s call for assistance in further preparations for the return leg. We know we have strong support in the Cayman Islands. We expect everyone to come out and support the teams in these crucial work out games,’ Price commented.