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Reggae Boy on the look-out

Legendary Jamaican footballer Fitzroy Simpson knows a thing or two about soccer talent.

After a successful stint in the English League with Manchester City, Swindon Town and Portsmouth, Simpson went on to represent the Reggae Boyz.

He was also part of Charlton Athletic’s successful European Soccer School and played in the Spanish division.

Now Fitzroy’s coming to Cayman – on the lookout for young footballers to nurture, develop and maybe follow in the footsteps of Simpson himself.

One such player on the right track to soccer success is Caymanian Sebastian Martinez.

The 12-year-old spent six weeks working with Simpson at Swindon Town FC in the UK learning valuable techniques to improve his game.

Midfielder Simpson, 41, said: “We’re not going to say we’ll make the Cayman Islands a massive football nation but if we can find one or two who become household names, great. If it wasn’t for Maradona they wouldn’t have had a great Argentina team.

“If it wasn’t for the Reggae Boyz team that I played in, they wouldn’t have heard of Jamaica. Dwight Yorke, Russell Latapy and Shaka Hislop made Trinidad and Tobago.

“Now if it wasn’t for Sebastian Martinez they wouldn’t recognize Cayman. It’s the same all over the world.”

Virgil Seymour, Coach of the Academy Sports Club Football team, added: “Fitzroy Simpson is here to have a look at the Young Caymanian players.

“He wants to search for potential skills that he can help to guide and nurture.

“One of your young players, Sebastian Martinez, has been receiving coaching at the Football Academy of Fitzroy Simpson in England.

“Sebastian has been there for a number weeks, he came back to the Island on Sunday.

“Mr Simpson is really looking to see what are the talents that are available so that he can maybe come back in the future and help the young talents.”


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