The Cayman Islands Under-20 women’s footballers play two World Cup Qualifiers in Suriname this week. Cayman play Suriname on Tuesday and Trinidad & Tobago on Thursday.
Head coach Eric Dobranski and women’s technical director Thiago Cunha handed international debuts to seven Caymanian women in their friendly game against Bahamas on Friday, winning 2-0. The debutants were Brittany Bodden, Giselle Johnson, Jessica Ebanks, Brittni Ebanks, Kimberly Rivers, Nessah Godet and Janel Ebanks.
Cunha said: “I was very proud to see these young girls progress, all of them have been with me from the start and to see them make their full international debut is a special thing for me. They have grown as people and as football players and they deserve to be out there. Janel Ebanks is only 14 and was playing against bigger, stronger and more experienced girls but she held her own and battled well, it was great to see.”
Cayman goals came from kimberly Rivers and
Cunha said: “I’m very happy with all our preparations. Our final match in Cayman was against the Under-17 Elite boys. It was a good game and the team is very upbeat.”
Midfielder Shanice Monteith said: “The older players in our squad who were in Costa Rica when we did well at Under-17 level, are confident. Playing international football is not easy. It’s like a war but we’re ready.”
Brittni Ebanks said: “I’m very excited. Coach Thiago didn’t hold back in training at all. He really pushed us to the limits and we’re going to give our all.”