Captain Matthew Suberan captains a well prepared Under-20 national team to the Caribbean Football Union Men’s U-20 Group 5 qualifiers in Curacao.
The team departed Grand Cayman on Monday for Willemstad to compete against the home team, Anguilla and St. Kitts and Nevis.
“We have had a good preparation period and our expectation is to advance to the second phase,” said Director of National Teams Renard Moxam.
The national team needs to win the group in order to advance to the final round scheduled for September in Trinidad and Tobago.
“We have had a good chance to prepare properly now it is work time over the next couple days to get them prepared for the match days,” Moxam added.
“I would like to congratulate the coaching coach, they have done a good job with the team’s preparation,” said Cayman Islands Football Association Vice-President Bruce Blake.
Blake added, “This team is one of the best U-20 teams in a while, I wish them the best.”
Looking ahead to the future, Blake confirmed that the U-20 team is the mainstay to rebuild the senior national program.
Blake said, “This team will form the nucleus of our senior national team going forward.”
He added, “With Olympic and World Cup qualifying next year, this is the team that will take us to those tournaments.”
Midfielder Suberan said, “I’m very excited to lead the team and my country and I think we can do well.”
Suberan, who plays for Cayman Athletic added, “We had four weeks of hard work for sure, I have confidence we can do well in the group.”
Matches will be played at the Ergilio Hato Stadium in Curacao with the winner advancing to face Aruba, Haiti, Cuba and Dominican Republic.
Squad: Matthew Suberan (captain), Jonah Ebanks, Jahmelie Durant, Shakur Welcome, Brandon Ebanks, Stephen Rivers, David Ramsaran, Rohann Williams, Oliver Smith, David Connolly, Andrew Browning, Julian Moxam, Kevin Foster, Jermaine Wilson, Joshewa Frederick, Anthony Nelson, Justin Rankine, Martin Webb, Jamaal Seymour, Ernie Jacques.