Brazilian superstar Romario breezed into Grand Cayman on Wednesday for an extravaganza of football action.
The World Cup winner and former World Footballer of the Year is here to play in a celebrity football match this weekend.
It’s between Romario’s celebrity team comprising of mostly Brazilians and Jamaicans against a Cayman side headed by Lee Ramoon. The match at the Truman Bodden Field kicks off at 7pm on Sunday.
Ramoon is one of the most accomplished players Cayman has ever produced at Cayman Islands Football Association president Jeffrey Webb felt it was appropriate that this fundraiser should be in Ramoon’s honour.
Webb said as he greeted Romario at the Owen Roberts International Airport: ‘This is tremendous to welcome Romario to the Cayman Islands, him and his official delegation.
‘We thank him for accepting our invitation for coming here and sharing his talents with us.
‘We hope that he takes the next five days on the island to enjoy the warmth and hospitality of the Caymanian people and I’m sure he’ll have a tremendous time.
‘We look forward to the gala dinner on Friday night at the Ritz-Carlton. We have a lot of memorabilia from all over the world, including something from Cristiano Ronaldo.
‘We’ve also received something from Mesi and Kaka, the world FIFA player of the year and we have a lot of novelties to auction to raise money for Cayman football as we continue to develop our Centre for Excellence.
‘We have a huge prize, courtesy of Advance Chevrolet, the official sponsor of the Cayman Islands Football Association. We’ll be auctioning a brand new, 2008 Malibu, worth $25,000.
‘We also have a new partner in CLICO and thank them and Vera Kissoon (branch manager) for officially becoming a sponsor of Cayman football and this weekend will be sponsored by CLICO.
‘This, of course, is tremendous exposure for Cayman football. We have to continue to build our brand. We have to continue to make the game more attractive.
‘Besides Romario, he has six players from Brazil coming with him from Vasco Da Gama and from Jamaica Theodore Whitmore, Pele Wilson, Walter Boyd and Tyson Nunez from Honduras. This weekend is going to be fabulous.
‘Ricardo Gardner of Bolton Wanderers has accepted an invitation to come over but he may be moving to a new club and have to go to London on Friday. If he doesn’t have to go he can come over from Jamaica to play on Sunday.
‘I’m hoping the stadium will be filled to capacity because the country should honour Lee Ramoon. There is no other person in this country more deserving for his sacrifice and being such a great ambassador to the island.
‘Ramoon is an absolute icon in Cayman football. He has done so much to elevate Cayman football. His actions – and that of his generation – on the field have allowed us to propel the infrastructure development of facilities throughout the country.
‘On Saturday we are going with Romario to visit Cayman Brac. We’ll be having lunch over there with members of parliament.
‘We have a few ticket left for the Ritz-Carlton dinner. Tickets are $1,500 per table. Couple tickets can be purchased from Alistair Kay at the Money Centre. For more details, email: [email protected]‘