Cayman kicks off World Cup qualifiers on home turf

| 03/06/2024 | 8 Comments
Lachlin Lambert (photo supplied by CIFA)

(CIFA): Cayman’s road to the FIFA World Cup begins this week in Grand Cayman. The Cayman Islands Men’s National Team kicks off its FIFA World Cup 26 CONCACAF qualifiers by hosting Antigua and Barbuda at 3:30pm on Saturday, 8 June, at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex, George Town. “We’re excited to get World Cup qualifying underway,” said Joey Jap Tjong, who was named head coach in February and led the team in a pair of matches in Turkey earlier this year.

“We have a young core of talented, driven players who are proud to represent their country. I expect big things from the players, and they do as well,” he added.

Cayman was drawn into Group A of the Second Round of CONCACAF qualifying and has one win and one draw against Antigua and Barbuda all-time. The teams drew 1-1 in their last matchup in 2008, which was part of the CONCACAF Caribbean Cup competition. Antigua and Barbuda will open round two of qualifying on 5 June against Bermuda.

“Antigua and Barbuda is a strong side with several very experienced players,” Jap Tjong said. “We
expect a hard-fought match and I’m looking forward to seeing how our players respond.”

The match is scheduled in the afternoon to accommodate technical requirements for the livestream. CONCACAF is broadcasting the match. “We look forward to seeing Cayman Islands supporters fill the stands at the national stadium,” Jap Tjong said. “Be loud, be proud, be positive and let the players know you appreciate their efforts.”


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  1. anonymous says:

    SHAME!! Please give the cashback to our players, and all the CONCACAF countries, and try to restore our reputation of theft and non conscience for the sports and fans.

  2. Anonymous says:

    In an ideal world, the players and coaches would see CIFAs financial statements and know what money is coming into football and what cayman can afford to spend, including if any on players themselves. Assuming the players got the schooling to understand the accounts, it still requires accounts to be produced on a regular basis, and to not have any dodgy content. There are still unnecessary trips incurred by friends of the committee and paid for by CIFA/CONCACAF and senior committee members are still eating from the trough. Is it any wonder that few want to play if CIFA can’t even get proper insurance cover, let alone afford a minimal stipend for players ? Shame that corruption continues.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hope nobody told the gangstas.

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  4. Anonymous says:

    In other news the “account is empty” ……..

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  5. Anonymous says:

    Why bother?

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  6. Anonymous says:

    not much chance when some of their players refuse to play due to silly money demands…
    caymanians being caymanians

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