Cayman’s goal is Mexico first

The CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship is in January and the Cayman Islands are determined to make an impact.

Cayman was drafted into Group B along with Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, and Honduras at the draw and logo unveiling recently.

Defending champions United States – seeded into Group A – kick off against Costa Rica. Jamaica and Guatemala initiate the tournament on Jan. 9.

“This is great exposure for our team and our country,” said a beaming Martha Godet, the director of Cayman Islands Women’s program. “We are going to give it our best shot.”

To bolster their chances of progressing in the competition, Cayman will call up some foreign-based players.

“We have seven players overseas at high school and university coming home to join the Cayman squad,” Godet said. “We will commence our training camps in mid-December as part of our preparation for the tournament. Our overseas players will be joining us then.”

Cayman will debut at this tournament against Mexico on Jan. 10 at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex where all matches will be played. Stadium admission is free for the entire tournament. The top three teams advance to the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup next August in Canada.

In 2010, the Cayman Islands qualified for the finals of the CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship and did extremely well for such a small nation.

The tournament hosts were drafted into Group B along with Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, and Honduras at the draw and logo unveiling recently.

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