One national team football coach says the fallout after Jeffrey Webb’s arrest is negatively impacting Cayman’s youth football players.
National under-17 team manager Antwan Seymour says his squad is running into roadblocks finding sponsorship to travel as it prepares for the regional stage of the World Cup playoffs.
“No one wants to give money to CIFA,” Seymour said on the 4 May episode of Let’s Talk Sports. “At the end of the day, you’re not punishing CIFA. You’re punishing the kids that are playing for the Cayman Islands. They’re not playing for Jeffrey Webb or Bruce Blake or Canover Watson. They’re playing for us. They’re playing for the Cayman Islands, for Cayman Brac, for Little Cayman. So Cayman should support this group. You can’t expect us to just participate all the time if we don’t get enough funding.”
Webb — the former head of the Cayman Islands Football Association, CONCACAF and a FIFA Vice-President — pleaded guilty in US Federal Court last year of several counts of fraud related to the global football corruption probe.
Watson — the former CIFA Treasurer — was found guilty in the Cayman Islands of fraud for a contract he awarded while head of the Health Services Authority. During testimony during his trial, it emerged that Webb allegedly funneled money earmarked for CIFA for his personal use and that others in CIFA may have known.