The Cayman Islands Under-20 national team now know who they will face in the second and final stage of the Caribbean Football Union Qualifying round. After finishing second in the previous round Cayman have now been drawn into Group E with the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Jamaica. Group F involves Cuba, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago and Guyana.
The final stage of this tournament will be held within the period 9-17 December or at latest, 18-31 January. The dates of Cayman’s fixtures and venue are still to be confirmed.
Winners of Group E and Group F as well as the best runner-up chosen from the runners up of both groups will qualify to the CONCACAF Women’s U20 tournament in March 2012. This is the final round of qualifying for the World Cup Finals.
Only the world’s best 16 teams from all six confederations will compete in the World Cup Finals. The tournament is next summer in Uzbekistan.
Women’s technical director Thiago Cunha said. “The game that we played against Trinidad & Tobago in the previous round showed that we can compete with the best teams in this region. The girls learned a lot from that game and I am sure that experience will prove vital in the next set of games. They believe that they are good team and can beat anybody. They are confident but very focused and they will continue to work together both on and off the field as they prepare.”
Shanelle Frederick, 15, said: “We are very excited about this draw, this is what we live for, we train and prepare for these big competitions and I know that I can speak for all the girls and say that we are ready to take on this challenge.”
The Women’s national team trains four times a week in the morning and in the evening.