Cayman Brac Football Club are going through their final stages of intensive training under the instructions of head coach Mitchum Sanford and his assistant Lawrence Nelson as they prepare to meet Bodden Town in the first round of the Cayman Islands Football Association FA Cup Knock-Out competition on Saturday.
The match is at the TE McField Sports Centre at 7:30pm and it promises to be a humdinger because the level of Brac football has improved considerably recently. Bodden Town won the FA Cup in 2009. Their side are struggling in the Premier League at the moment, mainly because they are mostly teenagers because many of their top players are abroad on scholarships, including Luigi Hernandez and Theron Wood who are on trial with semi-pro club Ashford Town in west London.
Sanford said: “I feel honoured to have the opportunity to play former champions Bodden Town, who I consider as being in the top three best teams in the CIFA Premier League. I must admit that this game will be a tough one but we are preparing for the challenge.”
Bodden Town head coach Elbert McLean said: “I take the Cayman Brac team just like any other team in the Premier League. Preparation going into this game is very important. We have a good crop of players and we are expecting them to perform at their best.”
Under the proficiency of Sanford, the sister island has produced outstanding players over the years and, most recently, two Cayman Brac girls – Amanda Nelson and Shannelle Frederick – made it on the national Under-17 team that was placed fifth last year in the CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship finals in Costa Rica following a 1-0 victory over Haiti.
On the whole this game should be a close, exciting affair. The teams have never met before therefore there will be lots of surprises on the as both teams match their skills to get past each other.