Fast on the heals of their historic 1-1 draw against Bermuda on the road to South Africa World Cup 2010 campaign the Cayman Islands national men’s team made an incredible leap up the ladder of the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) rankings from a 191 position to 183.
This was reflected in the data on the most recent rankings posted on the FIFA website.
A delighted President of the Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) Jeffrey Webb said this was not about the team single-handedly but for the stake-holders whose efforts cannot go unnoticed as they have worked assiduously for years to make this a reality.
‘On behalf of CIFA I thank all the stake-holders namely the Government, the Ministry of Sports, Sponsors, Coaching Staff, Referees, supporters, family members, the association members, the executive members and everyone else who have worked tirelessly to assist in reaching this level of progress.
An ecstatic Technical Director Carl Brown said in a brief interview that the FIFA rankings has started to have meaning in the football community in the Cayman Islands pointing out specifically that this ranking was an indicator of the direction football takes whether backward or forward internationally.
‘Not setting our markers too high, we had planned to move even one place higher in our game, however it was in the reach of our players to take this giant leap and they did it. The marketing of football in the Cayman Islands will get better once our FIFA ranking ascends.
‘All the parties involved and in particular the players need to feel proud of their achievements. We have achieved our first objectives in moving up the ranking and our main objective now is to qualify for the next round of the World Cup 2010 qualifications,’ Brown commented.
On February 3 a goal from Allean Grant in the 86th minute against Bermuda resulted in a draw in the first leg of the World Cup 2010 Qualifiers game played away in Bermuda.
This was the best ever result coming out of any game ever played at this level by the Cayman Islands national senior men’s team, a draw 0-0 result will be enough to reinforcing the islands first chance of advancing to the second round of this section of the World Cup competition.
Trinidad and Tobago would be their next opponent in their mission to shock the international football fraternity.
The Cayman Islands hosts the return leg at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex on Sunday March 30, game time is 7:00pm.
With this level of motivation, home advantage and the team’s focus set on climbing out of the spell of defeat the Cayman Islands is expected to do their best come March and advance making their island stand tall in the football arena.