Is it not the dream of every young footballer to follow in the footsteps of their heroes?
For members of the Cayman Islands U-20 national football team, it is no different. Where the likes of Argentina’s Lionel Messi in 2005, Mexico’s Giovanni Dos Santos, the United States’ Freddy Adu and Jozy Altidore, and Brazil’s Pato in 2007, first shone on the world’s stage – FIFA’s U-20 World Cup – that is where Cayman’s future stars strive next year in Egypt.
The Cayman Islands will host a CONCACAF U-20 World Cup Qualifying Group from July 13-21 in a group which will include Jamaica, Bermuda and Puerto Rico.
With the senior men’s and Under-19s league’s in full swing, it was not difficult for the selectors to choose a squad of 45 potential internationals.
Head coach Gillie Seymour, along with team managers Antwan Seymour and Owen Dinnall, have taken a firm stance relating to attendance at training.
The coaching staff has mandated that failure to attend or give suitable reasons for missing two consecutive training sessions will result in being cut from the U-20 roster.
Preparations began in March with the team training only once a week, primarily due to club and school commitments.
Training has since increased to two sessions a week as the tournament draws closer with the intentions of participating in a training camp overseas.
Unfortunately, the following players have been cut from the U-20 roster due to lack of interest and failure to attend regular training sessions also failing to give a logical reason as was required: Abraham Frederick (Bodden Town FC), James Ebanks (Future FC) and Denver Barnes (Future FC).
Team managers stress the importance of players contacting them if they are not able to attend required training sessions.
Contact numbers for Antwan Seymour during working hours is 914-1918, and Owen Dinnall is 814-3224. If either manager is not able to answer calls, players are expected to leave their number or a message explaining reasons for not attending training that day.