Warner hails Under-17 success

The success of Cayman’s Under-17 girls’ football team has been praised by none other than Jack Warner, president of the regional organisation CONCACAF.

The U-17 girls got through to the next round of the World Cup qualifiers by getting past the Dominican Republic on Sunday in a dramatic second leg 1-1 draw at the TE McField Stadium.

Cayman go to Costa Rica next and join defending champions United States, Costa Rica and Haiti in Group B in March. Group B will field Canada, Mexico, Jamaica and Panama. These eight teams will compete for the championship.

In an email to Jeffrey Webb, president of the Cayman Islands Football Association, Warner wrote:

‘Congratulations to the CIFA Women U-17 team. It is indeed a great pleasure to extend heartiest congratulations to you on the qualification of the women’s U-17 team, the first team ever from the Cayman Islands to qualify for any major tournament in the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football. The euphoria in the Cayman Islands must be great.

‘In qualifying for the CONCACAF U-17 World Cup Qualifiers you have indeed raised the bar and sent a positive signal to the rest of the teams in the Caribbean Football Union. The investment from FIFA, CONCACAF and the CFU has borne fruit. The coaches who participated in the many training and development programmes are now seeing the produce of their labour and this victory offers hope for the future of the Cayman Islands.’