The festive break is upon us but the footballers cannot totally relax because there is still everything to fight for in the Cayman Islands Premier League and cup competitions.
Tigers are in the rebuilding stage and despite personnel changes and many on vacation in Honduras, they are still in mid-table. Captain Manilo Conolly is not too worried with their erratic form.
“We are not doing as well as we could be doing, but somehow we are still in mid-table,” he said. “This is supposed to be a rebuilding year and we believe that things can improve for the second half of the season.”
Conolly missed the whole of last term but has come back well. “My shape has been improving and tactically I’m helping the team more defensively with some freedom to go forward on certain plays.
“We had a small number of players against George Town on Sunday (they lost 2-1) because of some players travelling off island on vacation, some being injured and others having to work.
“We initially wanted to do better than the previous year and so far it’s looking that way. We knew that this is a rebuilding year and we are working to improve by playing better. Our main objective is to develop the players and to provide them with an opportunity to learn the game, if we lift a trophy it will be good too.
“Our success will come by developing players and not by raising cups, we have realised that football can help players become better people and some players can make a career out of football, so at Tigers we will continue to focus on giving youngsters the coaching they need to develop more.”
Dynamic Tigers midfielder Rolly Bodden’s excellent form in recent years has been rewarded with a trial with a top club in Honduras. Conolly said: “He is into his second week of training camp and thank God everything seems to be going well. He is with CD Platense who are based in Puerto Cortes and have been Honduran national champions twice and runners-up three times. God willing he will stay and we hope that will open other doors for our young players.
“Platense is mostly known for nurturing and developing young talent, that’s why Rolly is there. Two of the mostly well-known players to have been developed by Platense in recent years are Julio Cesar de Leon, who has played for Fiorentina and Parma in Italy’s Serie A, and Edgar Alvarez, who is currently playing in Italy for Palermo and has also played for AS Roma.”