Brown backs Pitta to shine

The Cayman Islands national football team enters the latest round of the World Cup Qualifiers in Group A and must win both matches to have any chance of going through to the next stage.

They play Suriname at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex on Friday 7 October and are away to group leaders El Salvador on Tuesday. Cayman lost 1-0 in Suriname last month then lost 4-1 at home against a strong El Salvador side. The Cayman goal came from a Mark Ebanks penalty.

Technical director Carl Brown said: “We have not had great preparation for these games because the players have not been coming to training as much as I hoped they would. But I am still optimistic that we can win only not with the same sort of confidence as three weeks ago.

“There’s not one specific reason for the no show in training, it’s a combination of things. I still believe we have a good chance. I will be depending heavily on our captain Ian Lindo and Miguel Pitta in goal. Ramon Sealy, our regular keeper, is not available so Pitta must step up. I hope he does well.

“Luigi Hernandez has been our outstanding defender and Dion Brandon has come in and brought extra leadership to the side. We’ve got a nice nucleus of players now.

“Against El Salvador will be tough. We all agree that they are the best team we’ve played for years, so we’ll have to be very organised and disciplined, especially in set plays where we were exposed before. We were well organised in the first half before but fell apart after that initial 45 minutes. We tend to give goals away at set plays and must correct that and be much better prepared.”

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