International football comes to
Cayman this weekend as the Cayman national side has its final matches ahead of
the Digicel Caribbean Cup competition next week.
The TE McField Annex Sports Centre
is the place to be on Saturday and Sunday September 25 and 26 when the Carl
Brown coached Cayman side faces the Clarendon based Jamaica Football Federation
Premier League Humble Lions FC in two games. Both start at 7pm.
The visiting team arrives on the
Cayman Islands on Friday accompanied by Michael Henry, minister of transport
and works and president of the football club. The party consists of 31 people
and will leave on Monday.
These games will be used as a
spirited warm up for the national team before they face St Martin on 2 October,
Anguilla on 4 October and hosts Puerto Rico on 6 October.
Brown said: “These games will be
used to measure where the preparations for the tournament in Puerto have
reached. The true state of the team is best assessed in a match situation
particularly when the opponents bring reputation with them, therefore these two
games will help me to better prepare the team for our three games in Puerto
“The players’ confidence is very
important going into this tournament and these two games will help to improve
the confidence that they demonstrate in training. Overall it’s a team effort
and how the players understand their positions is critical, this is best exposed
in games. After these two games it will definitely give me a better prospective
of the players understanding of what we want to do as a team.”
Cayman has been in training for
this regional competition since December and despite the disappointment of
having dates changed by the organisers twice, they have managed to keep in top
form under the coaching of Brown and fitness trainer Thiago Cunha.
The squad includes captain Ian
Lindo, Garth Anderson, Jermaine Brown, Rene Carter, Jairo Sanchez, Tex
Whitelocke, Donald Solomon Jr, Ramon Sealy, Luiji Hernandez, Leighton Elliott,
O’Neil Taylor, Theron Wood, Mark Ebanks Andre McFarlane, Derrin Ebanks, Lorenzo
Brown and Leon Whittaker. This games mark the final preparations before they
leave on Thursday 30 September for Puerto Rico.
Humble Lions, coached by
Christopher Bender, reached the Jamaica Football Federation All Island FLOW
Knock-Out Championship competition final and lost to Boys Town 3-2 in the
The team have been stalwarts in the
football fraternity for decades. Humble Lions’ best players include Kevin
Mighty and Denzil Watson up front, Ricardo Campbell and captain Shawn Sawyers
(keeper) in defence, former national player Winston Griffiths and Cornelius
Henry in midfield. This team is expected to give Cayman a stiff competition.