U20 national team loses to Haiti in final qualifier

The Under 20 Boys National Football Team ended their 2016 Caribbean Football Union World Cup qualifying campaign after a 5-0 loss to hosts Haiti at the Stade Sylvio Cator in Port-au-Prince on Sunday evening.

Haiti’s Kenley Dede scored twice in the 44th and 90th minutes, and Roberto Louima, Stevenson Guillaume and Jean Francois each scored in the 60th, 66th and 84th minutes, respectively, to eliminate the Cayman Islands from advancing to the final round.

Haiti topped Group 3 with a maximum of nine points from three wins, Bermuda finished second with six points after defeating Anguilla 6-0 in the second game on Sunday evening, the Cayman Islands were third with three points, and Anguilla finished bottom with zero points.

With the defeat of Anguilla, Bermuda secured one of the three best runner-up spots and will advance with Haiti, Group 1 winners Antigua and Barbuda, Group 2 winners Trinidad and Tobago, Group 4 winners St. Kitts and Nevis and hosts Curacao to the final round of qualifiers scheduled for Oct. 21-30 in Curacao.

During the qualifiers, Cayman’s U20 team rebounded from their opening day loss to Bermuda by defeating Anguilla 4-1.

Zachary Scott opened the scoring for the Cayman Islands in the 24th minute, with Sebastian Martinez adding a second in the 31st and Michael Martin-Cruz rounding off an excellent first half for the Islanders by netting Cayman’s third in the 39th minute.

Leighton Thomas sealed the victory with his 62nd minute strike before Anguilla’s Tyrique Lake pulled one back in injury time to end the scoring at 4-1.

Next up for this Cayman Islands Under 20 team will be preparations for the 2020 Olympic Games, with CFU Olympic Qualifiers beginning in 2018.

The Cayman Islands team was to return home on Monday evening.



  1. And what else could anyone expect ?

    The football community…and I’m talking of the the so-called competitive segment of this community.

    The coaches and players…are so out of sync and so far off the pace of even the lowest level of CFU (Caribbean Football Union) football at any age level of competition, that I wonder why they waste their time…and the country’s money, to show up in the first place.

    Even the results of the youth tournaments that they are being hosting regularly, as unpredictable as that level of kid’s football is, shows up the despicably low level of the local youth football when matched up against kids who are heading for professional careers in football.

    There is another legitimate reason other than the corruption scandals surrounding CIFA, why Sports Minister, Mr. Osbourne Bodden should continue to withold the Govt.’s financial support from Cayman’s football for the time being.

    It is simply because the entrenched coaching and playing clique is taking the country and Govt. for a ride…a free ride that has been a very long journey with no end in sight.

    There is absolutely NOTHING happening on the football grounds and training pitches of Cayman that reflects preparation for hard-core, serious competitive football as played by the other CONCACAF and CFU nations.

    If the Sports Ministry chooses to continue to buy the con that is being sold by CIFA’s so-called national team coaches…and ignore the results…and more importantly, the performances….

    Then the country’s tax money is being wasted on charlatans, posing as football coaches and players.


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