The Cayman Islands national team warms up for Digicel Cup action this weekend.
After an unbeaten run in the Caribbean Football Union Digicel Caribbean Championship Cup competition last month, Cayman hosts the Clarendon All Stars in two friendly games at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex in George Town.
The match are tomorrow and Sunday.
Initially, Boys Town were invited but due to the passing of Hurricane Gustav over the island and the poor weather conditions which delayed the start of the National Premier League, the team was not granted permission to travel having had to honour a postponed fixture.
The Jamaicans arrive today and leave on Monday.
These games are ideal preparation for Cayman as they go into the second round of the Digicel Cup next month in Guadeloupe. Cayman players like captain Dion Brandon, Gabriel Godet, Richard Grant and Carson Fagan will get a welcome run out.
The Cayman Islands under the instruction of Technical Director Carl Brown advanced to the next round by blanking St Martins 3-0 and drawing 1-1 and 0-0 with Antigua Barbuda and Bermuda respectively under wet conditions due to the passing of Gustav.
This all star team has been selected from the Super and Major League teams within the parish and includes quality players like Rupert Lewin, Ethwal Coleman, Luke Dennis, Phillip Fearon, Bryan Brown, Marlon Ellis, Damion Mitchell (defenders), Leon Callaghan, Dion Sterling, Rohan Smith, Alton Taylor, Romaine Halstead, Patrick Trowers and Rickert Graham (midfielders), Kevin Mighty, Jamie Fothergill and Aston Bennett (forwards) and Shane Thomas and Waldo Ricketts (keepers).
The Caymanians 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 a team from Jamaica 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 pointed out that he wanted the team 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.
He said: ‘Sport is a vehicle that unites people the Cayman Island can be united through football.
‘We are looking to have our supporters as our twelfth man. These players have been encouraged 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.’