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Football: Seymour emphasizes ‘lack of support’ ahead CONCACAF U20 Championships

Cayman’s National Boys Under-20 football squad  are en route to the 2018 CONCACAF Championships held at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida 1st-21st November.

Head Coach Gillie Seymour says, however, he is not happy with the lack of support leading up to the tournament.

“No funding came from the government. This team is representing the Cayman Islands. With the limited resources we had to prepare this team, I think the boys will do the best we can.”

Grouped with El Salvador, Guatemala, Curacao and Guyana, Cayman will play four matches, needing to finish top of the group in order to qualify for the quarterfinals:

Group F
4 Nov: Cayman vs El Salvador
6 Nov: Cayman vs Guyana
8 Nov: Cayman vs Guatemala
10 Nov: Cayman vs Curacao
 
13 Nov: Quarterfinals
16 Nov: Semifinals
21 Nov: Finals

However, Head Coach Seymour says the team is an underdog going into a tournament that gives Cayman a chance, albeit slim, to qualify for the 2019 FIFA Under 20 Men’s World Cup in Poland among 34 CONCACAF Member Associations.

“We are going into this tournament as ‘David’. We are going up against the ‘Goliaths’. All that we can ask is to do the best that they can, based on the resources we were given to prepare the team.”

The Under-20s have had a tumultuous road to championships. In March, the team’s leadership were at odds with both the Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) and government after a tournament scheduled to feature Under-20 teams from Jamaica, Cuba and the Dominican Republic was sidelined due to lack of funding.

CIFA instead opted to include the U20s in the 2017/18 Premier League schedule as an alternative in preparation for the tournament.

View the entire 2018 CONCACAF Under-20 Championships schedule here.

For every nations roster at the 2018 CONCACAF Under-20 Championships click here.

 

 

 

 

About the author

Jordan Armenise

Jordan Armenise

Jordan Armenise began his sports broadcasting journey with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League (CFL). It was in this role where he was able to craft the immersive and enthusiastic approach to reporting, broadcasting and production you see here today in Cayman's sports community.

Jordan has also worked behind the scenes for a number of Canadian broadcasting & production companies such as CBC Sports, Cineflix Productions and Cream Productions.

Did he mention he was St. Clare of Assisi's 1994 Athlete of the Year?

Now dubbed 'The Sports Guy', Jordan relishes the role as Cayman 27 Sports Producer, where he can tell the stories of Cayman’s athletes. You can reach Jordan at 333.6521 or jordanarmenise@hurleysmedia.ky.

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