Cayman’s national soccer team is looking to play more games after a stagnant period for the senior men’s program.
The World Cup qualifier against Belize was the first time the national team has played in four years.
Renard Moxam, director of Cayman Islands national football teams, says that is about to change.
He was encouraged by the performance against Belize and wants to see Cayman playing more regularly.
“One of my responsibilities is to rebuild the national team and playing more games is part and parcel of that.
“We are looking at various events over the next 24 months and trying to put together a program of games for our teams at all levels.”
Up next for the Cayman senior team could be the Caribbean Cup, scheduled for later this year. There is also the Olympic qualifiers for the men’s and women’s Under-23 teams this year, and the CONCACAF Under-15 tournament that will see 34 teams descend on Cayman.
Moxam believes Cayman’s men’s team did themselves proud against Belize, drawing both games, and were unfortunate to go out on away goals.
“We have played two competitive games and come away with two draws against a team ranked 45 places above us in the world rankings.
“We’ve come a long way in a short period, and we have a really good group of players that we are going to build up and try to re-establish the team as a force in the region.”
He said the only way for the team to improve is to play more matches. Financing trips overseas is a stumbling block but Moxam is hopeful a regular program of games can be put in place.
Ramon Sealy, the goalkeeper who was the hero of the goal-less first leg in Belize, saving a penalty and pulling off a string of saves, said it was a privilege to represent his country again.
“We were all very proud and honored to play for our country. Not everyone can do it, so it is a privilege.
“It has been frustrating over the last four years not to have a team, to work so hard domestically and not to have anything to shoot for. I’m glad the national team is back and I hope it is here to stay.”
He said he is excited by the youth and talent in the team and believes many of the same players could be involved in the next two World Cup qualifiers.
“This is definitely a group that we want to keep together. We are taking a couple of weeks break now and then we will be back in training,” he said.
“Since we started training in January, the steps we have taken have been tremendous. We definitely hope to enter the Caribbean Cup.”