As the Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) Under-20 Boys prepare for their first match of the 2018 CONCACAF Under-20 Championships, Head Coach Ernie ‘Gillie’ Seymour says he feels the team has been underfunded and overlooked because of mistakes made by the previous CI Football Association’s leadership.
“I think it’s about time young footballers stop being punished for the mistakes of Jeffrey Webb and Canover Watson.”
Mr. Seymour said the team traveled to the regional tournament, held at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida 1-21 November, without key staff members due to an inability to secure funding.
“We have a lot of great doctors, physiotherapists in our country. Yet we are traveling to represent the Cayman Islands without a doctor. We even had to leave some of our staff behind.”
Mr. Seymour continued, questioning why national football teams across Cayman could not consistently secure financial help.
“Why is it the Cayman Islands national football team goes away to represent the country, CIFA has to pay all the expenses? I was under the impression we are representing all three Cayman Islands? Why does CIFA alone have to foot all the expenses?”
The Under-20 Boys have had a rocky road to the championships. In early 2018, team leadership petition the Football Association to help finance a four-team regional friendly. The Association opted instead to include the U20s in the 2017/18 Premier League fixtures, playing teams in an exhibition format.