McLean expects to go all the way

The Under-17 football squad left the Cayman Islands on Tuesday for Trinidad and Tobago where they will participate in Group C of the Caribbean Football Union’s Youth Cup Tournament.

This competition which starts will end on August 11. It serves as a qualifying event for the CONCACAF Under-17 tournament and will be played in a preliminary and final phase. Their head coach is Elbert McLean.

President of the Cayman Islands Football Association Jeffrey Webb said: ‘I have seen these youngsters develop as a unit for the past three years. I have every reason to believe that they will do well.

‘CIFA has done its part it is now their turn to go to Trinidad and Tobago and be good ambassadors bringing us victory.

‘Coach McLean is an outstanding youth coach who has been very successful taking three youth titles this season namely the CIFA Under-18 FA Cup and the Under-16 and Under-18 league titles. They were also runners up in the Under-14 competition as well.

‘This team is a reflection of the entire squad from last year’s tournament. I wish them the best of luck throughout this competition.’

This group consists of the Cayman Islands, Haiti and St Kitts & Nevis. They join a host of other countries from around the Caribbean region to contest for a final place in the competition.

Cayman will play their first game against Haiti on Saturday and on Monday they face St Kitts.

Should Cayman be successful in these two games they will play the quarter finals on August 6, the semis on August 8 and the finals on August 10.

McLean has coached this team for a year now since their return last August from the 2007 tournament.

According to Mclean, who recently completed a Level 3 Course in Trinidad, he is fully confident that this crop of players will do well and make the island proud.

‘I am fully comfortable with the squad at this time, they have been training together since August last year they have gelled and are ready for the games,’ he said. ‘The team spirit is favourable; they are physically fit and mentally and technically prepared I expect nothing else but success from them.’

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