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Seymour laments lack of resources for U17 footballers

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The man in charge of Cayman’s Under-17 National Boys Football team says he’s disappointed with what he says is a lack of respect and resources given to his squad.

“There’s a lot of millionaires and billionaires living in our country — making a lot of money off of our country — and it’s a shame that they can’t give some of the money back to the youths of this country. Especially the disciplined youths, good youths, youths that are not a menace to society. They’re not going around doing bad things, youths that are doing something positive with their lives.”

Seymour made the comments while his team is in Florida this weekend for a final training camp ahead of next week’s group stage of the Caribbean Football Union World Cup qualifiers. The trip to the US was paid for by the Sports Ministry, according to a press release from the team.

In particular, Seymour says he asked his team be housed in a different hotel than those housing the visiting teams next week. That request does not appear to have been granted, according to Seymour.

“It’s really a shame that more of them is not stepping on board to make these things happen and to make them proud and to make them continue doing good in their lives.”

It’s unclear how much CIFA has contributed to the team. CIFA itself has faced financial difficulty after its funding from FIFA, CONCACAF and the Sports Ministry was cut following the arrest of Jeff Webb in 2015.

An e-mail sent late in the day to CIFA President Lee Ramoon seeking a response to Seymour’s comments was unanswered by air time.

Here’s Cayman’s schedule next week:

20 July
Cayman vs. Aruba
22 July
Cayman vs. Puerto Rico
24 July
Cayman vs. Haiti
All matches will be played at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex.

About the author

Kevin Morales

Kevin Morales

Cayman 27 News Director Kevin Morales is an award-winning journalist with more than 12 years of experience. Kevin is a Milwaukee, Wis., native. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism in 2005 from the University of Minnesota. He's a proud father and a loyal fan of the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Bucks and U of M Golden Gophers.

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