“Cayman has great a future in
football, but the best and probably the only way to get there is to develop the
talents and not focus on success as success is relatively important, but the
development of these talents is the most difficult and significant part of the
Those were the strong words of
celebrated Dutch Coach Roy Wilhelm who was here with his team of PSV Eindhoven
coaches conducting the Cayman Islands Football Association Dutch training camp
recently at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex.
The camp was well supported by the
corporate community; Digicel provided free internet service for the coaches and
hand-outs for the kids, transportation was part sponsored by Eurocar and refreshment
was provided by Bodden Beverage and Cayman Distributors.
Wilhelm, along with four
youngsters, including a goalkeeper coach, worked with 110 participants of the
camp for five days and identified four players who displayed tremendous potential
for careers in football. They were Naoki Montoya, Arvid Harris, Reno Jackson
and Matthew Sebastian. These players were identified by their speed, technique,
intelligence and personality.
According to Wilhelm, Sebastian
stood out as the best of the younger group and was the most impressive and has
the potential to become a professional. Jackson he stated played like
midfielder Mark Van Bommel who plays for Holland and is captain of Bayern
Munich. He is a team player who doesn’t hesitate to recover, even with actions
close to fouls.
Wilhelm also had a talk with some
of the parents as well and said: “It’s hard to compare players of the camp to
the players we are looking for in Europe. We select them based on their speed,
technique, intelligence and personality. Special interest is paid to the
younger players who possess these abilities.”
Wilhelm whose country earned second
place in the recent World Cup finals was invited here by CIFA for the second
year running to demonstrate his expertise in coaching youngsters.