Sealy respects Singapore as Bodden Town prep for clash

Ramon Sealy is not taking Singapore lightly.  

Despite watching the country’s Under-23 national team reduced to 10 men in its opening game defeat at the Oceania Football Confederation President’s Cup, the Bodden Town FC captain Ramon Sealy will take nothing for granted in goal. 

Bodden Town open their campaign on Wednesday at the Trusts Arena in Auckland against Singapore. Sealy and his team arrived early, watched closely and took notes as their Group A counterparts kicked off the tournament on Monday. At the end of 90 minutes, Auckland City FC cruised to a 4-0 victory over Singapore, who played the majority of the match with 10 men.  

In his post-match observation, Sealy said, “The early red really affected Singapore, allowing Auckland to move the ball and keep possession well.” 

Auckland City headed into this tournament as heavy favorites as the reigning Oceania Champions League winners. Sealy, a talented goalkeeper and graduate of the University of West Florida, gave credit to Singapore’s resilience in the face of adversity.  

“It’s hard work going down to 10 men early, but I still feel like Singapore will be a difficult team to face.” 

Bodden Town are expected to be in action from 5 p.m. New Zealand time or 7 a.m. Cayman time. While Sealy steadies the local side in the back, Bodden Town will hope to showcase an attacking flair with the likes of Theron Wood and Ricoh Brown up front. 

Sealy, who has represented the Cayman Islands internationally in football and cricket, believes the conditions are perfect for his team to perform.  

“We have to work hard, knock the ball around and not worry about what the other team is doing. Working hard, communicating with each other and focusing on our task will help us be victorious.” 

The President’s Cup features six teams in action. Aside from Bodden Town’s opponents in Group A, Group B features Amicale FC (Vanuatu), the Fiji U-20s and Busaiteen FC (Bahrain). The tournament runs this week and wraps up on Nov. 23. 

With only a few hours to go before their opening match, Bodden Town players like Sealy expressed excitement with the opportunity to compete in front an appreciative crowd at the world-class Trusts Arena.  

“It’s a tremendous honor for me and the Bodden Town team to be here,” Sealy said. “The field at the stadium is of absolute quality. The field allows for us to knock the ball well which plays to our style.” 

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Ramon Sealy will steady the Bodden Town defense. – PHOTO: RON SHILLINGFORD