It is football time again in Cayman as the island hosts Group C of the Digicel Caribbean Cup at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex in George Town.
The Cayman Islands Football Association in collaboration with Digicel is applying the finishing touches of what is expected to be the best organized competition in the region.
As part of the preparations the national training squad will participate in several football related kids clinic. The competition is set to kick off Wednesday 5:30pm when Bermuda faces Antigua and Barbuda and at 7:30pm the featured game sees hosts Cayman meeting with St Martins.
On Friday there will be another double header starting at 5:30pm with Bermuda going up against St Martins and at 7:30pm Cayman encounters Antigua and Barbuda.
The final sets of games will be staged on Sunday. St Martins will face Antigua and Barbuda at 5:30pm and at 7:30pm Cayman Islands takes on Bermuda.
The two top teams will advance to the next phase.
Technical Director Carl Brown has a full squad in training. Only Tom Elliot, who captained the senior team on several occasions, will be unavailable as he is injured.
The return of No. 1 goal keeper Tuda Murphy, who is with Irish club Glenavon FC, later this week will allow the squad’s defensive line to be able to soak up all pressure applied.
The following players form the core of the training squad from which the final 18 will be selected:
Michael Smith, Trevor Gibbs, Leon Whittaker, Joseph Tatum, Ian Lindo, Dion Brandon, Chris Douglas, Jairo Sanchez, Jason Ebanks, Mario Watler, Rene Carter, Garth Anderson, Benjamin Cupid, Eric Brown, Charles Rowe, Leighton Elliot, Jermaine Brown, O’neil Taylor, Horace Nelson, Kemar Barton, Nicolai Hill, Carson Fagan, Donald Solomon, John Kelly, Gabriel Godet, Philip Berry, Garth Anderson, Davian Smith, Jedd Ebanks and Nicholas Ebanks.
Brown is in the process of preparing these players and has high hopes at these games.
‘The players are adjusting to the training well, Fitness Coach Thiago is taking them through the motions and they are adapting to it. These players have potential. They only need to be determined and do their part by scoring goals and winning the games.
‘We need the community to come out and support them during these games, inspiring them as they excel to the next phase of the competition,’ Brown said.
Contact the CIFA office at 949-5775 or [email protected] for further details regarding this tournament.
The following outlets will offer tickets on sale:
Digicel Galleria Store
All Western Union locations