Bonaca have touch of Barca

The closest team to Barcelona in football terms in the Cayman Islands must be the Bonaca Boys. Okay, they are only a five-a-side team but in their brief existence have been Division One champs at King’s Sports Centre six consecutive times and won the World Cup three times.

The fact that they are predominantly Spanish speaking too resonates with the Barca comparison as well.

Another championship was added to their trophy haul on Monday night, coming from behind to beat perennial rivals Hurley’s 4-3. It was a pulsating game with some fine goals and great moves. The league’s top scorer Markie Ebanks was on target again.

Immer Carter formed Bonaca Boys seven years ago and is team captain. “We basically formed from a group of guys from the Bay Island of Honduras called Bonaca,” said Carter. “We all live eat and sleep football. Most of all, we are not just a team on the court but a family when we are not on the court.

Although CFP Buzz Crusaders held Bonaca Boys to a 3-3 draw last season, Hurley’s are always their closest rivals. “In 90 per cent of the finals we end up facing Hurley’s,” said Carter.

Most of the side play for local Premier League teams and some, like Jedd Ebanks and Mark Ebanks, are Cayman Islands national players. So dominant are Bonaca Boys locally that they hope to test themselves at international level in Florida in the new year.

“I think we would do great in international competition, basing on the fact that we are a team that put in 120 per cent into every game and we never give up,” said Carter. “Plus it would be a great experience for us.

“We are promised to compete abroad in February. So between now and then we will be training very hard and doing small events and fundraisers for our venture.”

Carter bristles at the accusation that they only cherry pick the best players, regardless of their ethnic background.

“We have recruited one or two players from the Premier League but our team is mainly based on players who came from Bonaca and played with us first then went on played in the Premier.

“As captain and founder of the side, first of all I would like to thank God for all our success over the years. Second, I would like to thank all of my team for keeping together for so many years and keeping unity.

“Also, I would like to thank our supporters for giving us that extra push. And last but not least I would like to thank our new team members that recently signed to Bonaca Boys. It has been a pleasure and we look forward to many years of success with you guys.”

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