Reggae Boyz tune in to KY

The Cayman Islands team is cranking up its serious training in preparation for two friendly games against Jamaica’s full strength side next week.

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Tatum returns from the Brac. Photo: Ron Shillingford

The Reggae Boyz are fine tuning for the Gold Cup competition in the United States next month.

Cayman had their last real competition in October in the second stage of the Digicel Caribbean Cup when they were knocked out of the finals in the ‘Group of Death’ in Guadeloupe. They will face the Reggae Boyz on Sunday June 28.

Jamaica captain Ricardo ‘Bibi’ Gardner will be here, so too Ricardo Fuller.

The game on Thursday June 25 is a Cayman Select side against Jamaica and serves as a warm up for the visitors. Both games will be played at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex.

The Reggae Boyz, will be guided by head coach Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore after John Barnes was sacked last week.

The players invited to training by Director of the National Program Carl Brown are Ramon Sealy, Dexter Benliss, Joseph Tatum, Mario Dinall, (keepers) Abijah Rivers, Nicholas Ebanks, Jason Ebanks, Jairo Sanchez, Calvin Jefford, Rene Carter, Dave McLaughlin, Hank Parchment Donovan Godet, Phillip Berry, Benjamin Cupid, Ian Lindo, Tex Whitelocke, Justin Pierre, Leighton Elliott, Donald Solomon, John Kelly, Oniel Taylor, Lorenzo Brown, Mark Ebanks, Andrew McFarlane, Paul Brown, Theron Wood, Eric Brown, Richard Grant, Tevan Levien and Stephen Tatum from the Cayman Brac.

There is no place for Tom Elliot, the former captain.

These players will form the core of the squad from which the team will be selected to face their tough opponents.

This will be just the beginning of a series of games which to keep the nucleus of the national team prepared for future international competitions.

The Cayman Islands Football Association is determined to take football to the next level in the Cayman Islands.

The opening the national Centre For Excellence the new ‘Home of CIFA’ is just glimpse of what is to come in the future as president of CIFA Jeffrey Webb continues to forge ahead.

The Reggae Boyz were last here in November when they defeated Cayman 2-0 after the passing of Hurricane Paloma in a keenly contested game.

With the high calibre of games played during the last season Cayman are expected to give another good account of themselves.