The Digicel Cup is always used as a
benchmark of measuring how well a side is doing and having got to the second
round of the competition last year, Cayman fully expects to do the same this
From 18-22 August they will be
doing battle in Puerto Rico against the host nation, Anguilla and the Bahamas.
They play Anguilla (world ranking 202) and Bahamas (179) before coming up
against Puerto Rico in Bayamon, the country’s second city, hoping to have six
points in their pockets for that crucial match.
The fact that Anguilla are joint
worse nation in the world with five other teams bodes well for Cayman, who are
FIFA ranked 173, only three places lower than Puerto Rico. So if they can play
to their full potential the optimism pumping through their veins is not
The Caribbean’s three top teams are
Trinidad & Tobago (76), Jamaica (83) and Cuba (114), and Cayman hope to
join them in the second round, ideally as group winners although, like last
time, they can qualify as one of the top second placed teams.
Cayman are in Group A and play the
Bahamas on 18 August, Anguilla two days later, and then Puerto Rico on Sunday
Technical director Carl Brown
believes Cayman, led by midfielder Ian Lindo, can do it. Brown picked apart his
side’s performance on Sunday in beating a Roma side in a practice game then
said: “We set the bar by getting to the semi-finals last time, so this time we
want to go to the finals. We hope one day to play in the Gold Cup and to do
that we have to get to the finals of the Digicel Cup.”
He believes with the twin forces of
Mark Ebanks and Theron Wood, who both scored against Roma, they could do it.
Tex Whitelocke was the third striker who found the net over the weekend and for
once, Cayman has three proven strikers who can turn a match in a split second.
Lindo said: “Coming off last year
when we went to Guadeloupe in the second round of the Digicel Cup, we feel this
is just a stepping stone for us and we’re inspired by that and think we can get
to the finals.”