Premier and Mark bless U23 players

Cayman’s top officials gave their well wishes to a national football team.

The Cayman Islands National Olympic Under-23 team were treated last Sunday to a send-off ceremony featuring Minister of Sports Mark Scotland.

The Hungry Horse restaurant, located upstairs at the Owen Roberts Airport, served as the venue for the occasion. JML International and D and G Air conditioning Ltd sponsored the gathering and presented each player with an undisclosed sum of pocket money. Director of the national men’s football program William Connolly made the presentation on behalf of the sponsors.

Minister of Sports Mark Scotland was also there to praise the boys for their efforts and also read a message from the Premier McKeeva Bush, who was unavoidably absent. The Premier’s message read, “First and foremost, please accept my apologies for not being here to personally share this message. Each time you step onto that field in Suriname, stand tall and proud so that when your eyes are fixed upon our flag and the words of our national song ring in your ears you all know and feel in your hearts that while we are not there in person your entire country proudly endorses and appreciates your efforts in your call to serve as Cayman football qualifiers in the 2012 Olympics.

“Win or lose may you gain inspiration and wealth of knowledge from this great opportunity, we will measure you only by your efforts and strength in character. Obviously, we will celebrate in great jubilation if Thursday morning’s headline reads Cayman shocks Jamaica 2-0. Go with God’s speed and his strength in prayer. God bless each and everyone of you. Have a safe journey and the greatest success in these Olympic qualifiers. Go Cayman, God bless you.”

The delegation, led by manager Mark Campbell, left the islands this week en route to Suriname to compete against Jamaica, Suriname and St Vincent and the Grenadines in the tournament. The team is scheduled to return on 9 August.

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