Big jump as duo shine

The Cayman Islands football team
may not have got through to the second round of the Digicel Caribbean Cup but
they have the distinction of being one of the most improved team in the
Caribbean, climbing 23 places in the FIFA rankings to 158.

Cayman beat Anguilla 4-1, drew 1-1
with St. Martin and lost 2-0 to Puerto Rico in the Digicel Cup earlier this
month but by gaining those four points they bounced up the rankings. Added to
that morale boosting showing, strikers Theron Wood and Mark Ebanks impressed
scouts in Puerto Rico and they may be getting trials with pro climbs soon.

Elsewhere in the FIFA rankings,
Guyana jumped 22 places to become the second highest ranked team in the
Caribbean Football Union. Guyana rose to 98th in the world and are now only
behind Jamaica in the region. The Reggae Boyz dropped three places to 79th.

Guyana, fourth in CFU in the
September rankings, have been propelled by a series of impressive performances.
They drew 1-1 with Trinidad and Tobago in Georgetown last month and then scored
three straight wins in Group C of the first round of the Digicel Caribbean Cup
last week.

Jamaica won their only
international in the intervening period, a 1-0 victory over Trinidad and Tobago
in Kingston two weeks ago. Trinidad and Tobago’s weak performances under coach
Russell Latapy have cost them and they have slipped nine places to 106th in the
world and are now third in the region.

Dominica have made an incredible
jump, leaping 46 places in the world to be 13th in the CFU rankings and 132nd
in FIFA. They have been outstanding this month, beating Barbados 2-0 and 2-1 in
back-to-back friendlies in Bridgetown and they also beat the British Virgin
Islands 10-0 in their opening Group D game of the Digicel Caribbean Cup.

St Vincent and the Grenadines have
jumped 27 spots to 126th in the world and eighth in CFU, while St Kitts and
Nevis are up 22 positions to 129th in the world and are now joint 109th with
Puerto Rico, who leapt 41 spots.

Barbados have risen 14 places to
107th in the world and fourth in CFU, despite less than impressive performances
which have seen them win just once in five outings.

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Wood impressed in Puerto Rico.
Photo: Ron Shillingford