The Cayman Islands national football team gets excellent preparation for the next round of the Digicel Cup by playing top Jamaican side Boy’s Town next week.
They will play two friendlies at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex in George Town on Saturday September 20 and the following day.
These will be warm up games for Cayman as part of their preparations going into the second round of the Digicel Cup competition next month in Guadeloupe.
Cayman, under the instructions of technical director Carl Brown advanced to the next round by beat St Martin 3-0 and drawing 1-1 and 0-0 with Antigua Barbuda and Bermuda respectively under wet conditions due to the passing of hurricane Gustav last month.
Boy’s Town came third last season in the Jamaica Football Federation National Premier league and had the better of Cayman the last time they visited the island during the Cayman national team’s preparations for the return leg of the World Cup game against Bermuda earlier this year.
A reflection of basically the same squad which visited the island last March will return with the danger men Fabian Watkins and Denzil Watson who formed the core of the Boy’s Town midfield powerhouse who defeated Cayman six months ago. Boy’s Town is Brown’s old club where he played and coached.
Technical Director of the Boys Town team Andrew Price said: ‘Carl Brown has done so much for Boy’s Town over the years, it is a pleasure for us to respond and come to assist the Cayman Islands in their preparations for these decisive games in Guadeloupe.
‘These practice games will benefit both teams because we are aspiring to win the National Premier League this season and this exposure will certainly help us as well as Cayman.
‘We are like family to the Cayman Islands team. Whenever they visit Jamaica on training camps they use our grounds. I am impressed with their recent performance and I hope they will be successful in these upcoming games so that they can come to Jamaica for the finals, that would be interesting.’
Cayman are celebrating their recent success and are in a good position to go on to the next stage if they stay focused and continue their winning streak.
This is what Brown has in mind inviting the Boys Town team here to sharpen their skills as was done before.
Last January the Cayman team went on several training camps in Jamaica and it has done well for the team helping them to be more aggressive and serious about their games. After these trips it was obvious that they returned with more positive attitudes towards the game and have been exhibiting the skills of their true potential found on the Jamaican soils since that exposure.
Brown wants Cayman to play these practice games at home as it brings greater pressure on them forcing them to play harder and win more support from the corporate community and the general public.
‘Sports is a vehicle that unites people,’ he said. ‘The Cayman Islands can be united through football. We are looking to have our supporters as our twelfth man.
‘These players have been urged by the supporters in the last games and I am looking forward to see an even better crowd during these games.
‘We are going to use these games wisely and learn from them how to face the other teams which have not been named yet in Guadeloupe.’