Chin bounces back

Alyssa Chin has after eight months of rehabilitation recovered from a torn acl knee injury. She returned to the Cayman Islands women’s national programme last week.

Chin, 17, who attends the Raburn Gap Nacoochee School in Georgia, wondered at times whether she would ever play football again. But as she re-joined her team mates in her first week of training since the injury it was clear she was happy to be back.

Chin represented the Cayman Islands at the under 17 level and was part of the Cayman team that made it to the final round of World Cup qualification last year.

Women’s Technical Director Thiago Cunha is delighted to have her back. “Alyssa is a very talented player and she will add quality to the team, she will also bring plenty of experience to the group as she has already played in World Cup Qualifiers before,” he said.

Chin took part in morning and evening sessions as the Cayman Islands U-20 national team prepares for the final group stage of the Caribbean Football Union World Cup Qualification process. They travel to Santo Domingo in early January to face the hosts Dominican Republic and also Jamaica and Haiti.

The Cayman Islands start against Dominican Republic on 6 January, then face Jamaica on 8 January before finishing up against Haiti two days later.