October 21, 2020



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Cayman Islands 0; Suriname 1

Cayman Islands football team crashed to their third successive World Cup defeat, which dumped them out of the competition.

And after the game Technical Director Carl Brown said unless the players start getting paid for their efforts, the team will not improve.

A single second half goal gave Suriname victory in front of a 2,000 strong crowd at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex on Friday night.

It was only after the visitors took the lead that the home side started to threaten. Mark Ebanks and Theron Wood were lively upfront but couldn’t produce a clear chance.

Wood’s half-hearted appeals for a penalty were waved away and after a good move from Ebank’s, cutting inside from the left, his shot was comfortably saved by the Suriname keeper.

Cayman (Photo by Kevin Creary)

By then the visitors had already taken the lead thanks to a neat finish from Giovanni Drenthe.

In truth – despite enjoying the lion’s share of possession after going a goal behind – the home side created little in the way of clear-cut chances and anything other than a Suriname victory would have been harsh.

Late on Cayman keeper Miguel Pitta had a rush of blood and came charging out of his box and unfairly challenged the advancing Suriname striker. The result was a straight red card.

After the final whistle Brown said his team would benefit if they played more fixtures, but added that a cash incentive is needed to motivate the team.

Brown, who saw the success of the Reggae Boyz when they got to the World Cup finals in 1998, also admitted that his players lack confidence.

Technical Director Carl Brown (Photo by Kevin Creary)

He said: “I think it’s time we started to treat the players with the importance that I believe they should get. Monetary incentives have to be offered.

“Football has changed over the years. We see players who get millions, quarrel and fight about incentives when they represent their countries.

“Sometimes people feel that it should merely be an honour to represent your country and you shouldn’t be talking about money. None of the supermarkets accept these guys faces when they go in and tell them pack up what you want and move out. It’s about cash.

“They are ambassadors and it’s time we treated them like ambassadors.”

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