Twenty-year old Donavan Godet will be one of the young Caymanian key players to watch on the Elite football team when they face perennial winners Scholars International FC in the finals of the Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) Digicel finals scheduled to be played at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex on Ash Wednesday 25 February at 7:00pm.
Godet, who started his football career at the tender age of seven during his primary school years at Truth for Youth, scored a hat-trick in the semi-finals game against George Town ending the game 3-2 and landing his team in the finals.
Godet is from a football family and plays alongside his brothers Dominic and Gabriel Godet on the tough Elite team that has been creating waves in the newly established Premier League competition, leading the point standings with 25 points.
Gregg, Jedd and Jason Ebanks are also his cousins and they too play on the team.
Godet, who started playing for Scholars International in his younger years, was a member of the national Under 17, Under 20 and Under 23 teams. This prolific striker and midfielder had a knee injury and was out for almost the entire season last year.
His last outing representing the Cayman Islands was during the 2007 Olympic Qualifiers, he was a force to reckon with before he was injured and has definitely taken up where he left off with his goal scoring ability.
A twisted ankle took him out of the game early in the Premier League season but Godet rebounded and has scored five goals, doing extremely well under the disciplined coaching of Technical Director Gregg Ebanks.
‘I told my mother (Martha Godet) one day before a game that I was going to start scoring goals again and she said fine, do it and that has been a motivation for me. Since then I just find myself finding the back of the net in most of these games.
‘Elite is a different club, it is a youthful and more unified team with a range of talents. The camaraderie in the Elite FC camp is like family. Coach Greggie is dedicated, he is a great coach and like a father to the team. He is never too busy to listen to any player on personal or football related issues.’
Godet went on to praise the football administration of CIFA pointing out specifically that he appreciated all the efforts Jeffrey Webb and his team were placing on taking football to the next level.
‘I strongly believe that football in the Cayman Islands is experiencing some great changes. Since the introduction of the Premier league the standard of football has definitely improved.
‘There has been better facilities and better club organization. Mr. Webb is doing a marvellous job. The association and clubs need more sponsors to come on board to strengthen the finances so that more development can be implemented.
‘CIFA needs more persons who are passionate about football to support the association in its efforts to develop the sports to the next level. The coaches here need to be more unified and this will make a great difference. They are getting there but just need to be one body pulling together to help the youngsters in their games.’
‘I just want to take this opportunity to thank my family, friends and the supporters of my club for their support on a weekly basis. My eyes are set on the national team and I will take my football career from there,’ Godet expressed.
Meanwhile former national representative and Player/Coach of the Elite team Arden ‘Cheeky’ Rivers had his piece to say about Godet’s ability and attitude to the game.
‘Donavan Godet is a great youngster. He has the correct attitude, discipline and qualities of an outstanding player. He just needs to improve on his work ethics in the game and he will be ok.
‘His performance is encouraging to his club and he is clinical in his playing tactics. I am proud to point out that he is one of the most promising young strikers on the island. He is disciplined and well mannered and this is an asset for him becoming a professional player,’ Rivers stated.
Godet is also a past student of the George Hicks and John Gray High Schools.
Elite defeated George Town 3-2 last month during the return leg of the semis after coming into the game on a level score line. The side had a 0-0 result in the first leg played last December.