Many residents in the Cayman Islands were pleased with the fact that Honduras made its debut in the World Cup last summer. Less than a year later the country staged a successful run in another World Cup.
For the third consecutive year team Honduras emerged as the champions in the King’s World Cup of football tournament. The indoor five-a-side football competition took place at Kings Sports Centre over the weekend.
Honduras was one of eight countries represented in the event alongside Cayman (which had two sides in Team Parsons and Team Kelly), Canada, Costa Rica, England, Ireland, Scotland and a United Republic of Africa side.
Immer Carter served as captain of the Honduras side and states it feels good to be repeat champions. “It feels great but we are working to make it five in a row,” Carter said. “As defending champions, this makes us the biggest targets of the tournament. By saying this, we have to work extra hard and put in the 120 per cent.
“We enter each tournament with winning as an only option and we are definitely looking forward to winning our fourth title next year. Thanks to all our fans and supporters for the love and support. Bonaca Boys for life! Make sure to check us out in the upcoming five-a-side league.”
The Logic arena hosted the World Cup matches, which were streamed live on the Internet. The squads were composed of current players in the Logic five-a-side football league. The World Cup (which has been ongoing for three years) effectively serves as a preseason tournament as the 2011 football leagues start later this month.
Both Cayman squads did well in the tournament and advanced to the semi-finals. Honduras ended up beating both with team Parsons getting knocked out in the semis and team Kelly losing in the championship match. Carter states Honduras’ triumphs in the tournament comes from well-established team chemistry.
“As the founder of my team formally known as ‘Bonaca Boys’ I have kept this group of guys together since 2004. Not only on the field but in our daily lives we remain a team. This is my main factor that keeps us strong.
“I think it is a success because every year this tournament grows and is viewed and streamed worldwide. Hopefully one day we hope to travel abroad and compete internationally. What I like most about the tournament is seeing everyone representing their nation and giving it their all in the playoffs.”