FIFA president Joseph ‘Sepp’ Blatter will arrive in Cayman to open the new Centre of Excellence tomorrow.
Blatter and a host of FIFA dignitaries including Austin ‘Jack’ Warner, Captain Horace Burrell and Alex McLeish will be guests of honour at a fund raising dinner at the Ritz-Carlton on Friday.
Blatter is coming from the Bahamas where there was a FIFA regional conference in Nassau.
On Sunday FIFA announced the 12 cities that will host the 2014 World Cup to be staged in Brazil.
Following a FIFA Executive Committee meeting at the Atlantis Hotel in Nassau, where the 59th FIFA Congress is being held, Blatter announced the 12 successful candidates from a pool of 17.
They are Manuas, Fortaleza, Natal, Recife, Brasilia, Salvador, Cuiaba, Belo Horizonte, Curitiba, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Porto Alegre.
Brazil are the record five-time world champions. They hosted their only other World Cup Finals in 1950, when they finished second to South American neighbours Uruguay.
The Centre for Excellence is a long-term vision of CIFA president Jeffrey Webb to provide the Cayman Islands with state-of-the-art training facilities, raising the standards of local football and providing young football players with international quality facilities to develop their technical and tactical ability.
At the gala dinner there will be a auction of autographed football memorabilia and all proceeds will go towards the development of the centre.
Burrell was invited by Webb and he will be flying into the island from Bahamas on a private jet with Blatter, and Warner who is president of Confederation of North Central American and Caribbean Association of Football (CONCACAF).
Burrell is an ex-military officer and one most successful football administrator to have held the post as president of the Jamaica Football Federation having guided the Reggae Boyz to World Cup France 1998 making Jamaica the first English-speaking Caribbean Island to reach that level.
He is a member of the executive committee of CONCACAF, Senior Vice President of the Caribbean Football Union and also a member of the Disciplinary Committee of Federation International of Football Associations.