Cayman team loses match and goalie

| 09/10/2011

(CNS): The disappointing result for the Cayman Islands Friday probably comes as no surprise given the comments of national coach ahead of the world-cup group game about players not turning out to practice. Surinam’s Giovanni Drenthe scored the only goal of the match in the 57th minute which was enough to secure Suriname the points to place it second in the qualifying group and only two points behind leaders El Salvador while Cayman sits at the bottom of the group with no points. Cayman’s goalie, Miguel Pitta was sent off in the 87th minute leaving the team with ten men for the last three minutes of play. The national team will now head to El Salvador on Tuesday to face the group  A leaders on their home turf. (Photo by Dennie Warren JR)

Check CNS sports later this week for a full match report from CIFA

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Please this enough! We should be supporting our Own Caymanian Boys whether they win or lose! They went our there and played their hearts out! Hats off to the players and the Coach. Why do you think players are not showing up to practice?? They receive no encouragement, support or motativation. This team is fairly young and given the chance to remain together I am sure under the leadership of Dion Brandon these guys would go far. Sadly I am afriad in future  as seen before we will be looking at a new set of guys. How do you think the other teams excel? They have been playing/training together for years, they receive support, and montetary assistance also. Well done Coach, Well done boys!   Hold your heads high!!

  2. Caymanian Girl says:

    Shows how many of you are cheering for cayman. Pathetic idiots. El salvador is a very good team and i think the guys did good. Things like this is what is keeping guys head together and not being on the street killing off eachother!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Another embarrassment and a bad joke…..the players must seem to think they can get to the World Cup just because they are Caymanian.  They seem to not have the immense commitment, respect, dedication, discipline and hard work that it takes to make it…Spend these CIFA funds on the swimmers, netballers, track and field athletes, Special Olympians and others who know what it takes and have risen to the challenge each time they have had the oppotunity.  They make us proud and make us want to support them.  Stop wasting anymore time and money on a National Football Program until we have a new breed of players with heart and soul instead of pompous cockiness and arrogance. 

  4. Country Girl says:

    Please send the wisey, give it to meals on wheels so  that they can feed our elders that help made Cayman what it is today.

    It's a waste of time, those guys and Carl Brown need to go and play NETBALL instead.

    Pure embrassment!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Again, who cares?

    • Castor says:

      I couldn't agree more with this poster, "who cares?" Plus it shows how successful not attending practices as a strategy actually is. Then the coach has to broadcast on TV and in the news media that his players don't come to practice! Yesterday on the radio news I listened to a politician congratulating these players on their perforamnce on Friday night. Dear God help us. I thought to myself, this really has to be "make believe" as surely it can't be anything else.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Please can we acknowledge that it is not worth the money that is being spend and there is a lot of need in other areas where the money would be very helpful.

    I know some of the people who are involved with CIFA (and I am not talking about the players) have a hard time letting go because they like the XXXX salaries that come with the positions they are holding, but enough is enough.

    You either have to figure out a way to get a good team together, compensate them and motivate them to undergo rigid and regular training session, or throw in the towel.

    I know if I would be a player, it would frustratre me also to see the advantages and benefits some other people in the organization getting without ever subjecting themselves to possible injuries or even break a sweat, but the players are expected to keep up the motivation without any compensation.

    • X Pat says:

      Not sure anyone receives a salary from CIFA other than the national coach. I thought the other positions were voluntary – e.g. including Jeff Webb. Can anyone enlighten me.

  7. Just Me says:

    Please do not send these guys to El Salvador – what's the point? Use that money and give Beulah McField to re-stock what theives stole from her Meals on Wheels programme.


  8. Stiffed-Necked Fool says:

    No pride & ambition!


    • Anonymous says:

      When the current CIFA president assumed the post almost 20 years ago, Cayman had rached a stage in football where some sort of semi-professional system would have to have been put in place for football to continue to grow and advance.

      CIFA rejected all plans or suggestions to take the game in that direction and football in Cayman died…plain and simple.

      In the process Cayman lost the best generation of players the country had ever produced and now what does anyone expect ?

      Pride and ambition goes hand in hand with compensation…what do footballers in Cayman have to motivate them to the levels of committment necessary to be competitive at regional (CONCACAF) and World Cup level ?

      Absolutely nothing.

      Cayman only plays in FIFA's international tournaments because, as a FIFA member country, if Cayman does not participate, CIFA gets fined and the country would be suspended from FIFA.

      The current CIFA president wanted total control of Cayman's football for his own reasons and got it…after 20 years on the job, who could really expect anything else than what they are getting now?

      Football in Cayman died out a long time ago.

  9. Spirit of 66 says:

    Given the petty narrow-minded little islander mentaility of the local FA restricting the players even more narrowly than FIFA requires Cayman has no hopes of competing with other national teams.