Cayman’s Olympic football team went down 6-0 to St. Kitts & Nevis in the opening round of qualification in Haiti this week.
The result leaves Cayman’s men’s under-23 team with a mountain to climb to emerge from the four-team group.
They play hosts Haiti on Friday before finishing up against Barbados on Sunday.
Haiti beat Barbados 2-0 in Wednesday’s opening round game at the Stade Sylvio Cator in Port-Au-Prince.
Two teams from the Caribbean region will ultimately go forward to the CONCACAF qualifying tournament to be held in the U.S. ahead of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
Before departing for Haiti this week, Renard Moxam, director of national teams, said he expected a challenging week.
“We are drawn in a very competitive group and respect all of the football countries we will be competing against, but equally we intend to give the games our best efforts and see where it takes us,” he said.
Team Captain Wesley Robinson said that it was an honor to play for the national team and to lead his side in the Olympic qualifiers.
“Since I was a kid, I have always dreamed about playing football and representing my country at the highest level,” Robinson said. “The team have been training hard, day in and day out, to get ready for the matches in Haiti.”
Mr. Moxam said the squad has been in preparation for six weeks under the tutelage of head coaches Alex Gonzalez and Alban Ruiz.