Kingston, Jamaica - The Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) reigning Premier League and Presidents Cup champions Bodden Town FC is on a high as the team applies the finishing touches to its preparations for the upcoming preliminary rounds of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championship.
Bodden Town will be up against Bayamon FC (Puerto Rico), Unite Sainte-Rose (Guadeloupe) and Centro Dominguito (Curacao) in Group One of the competition set for March 19-25, in Puerto Rico, on the grounds of the Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium.
In 2011 Bodden Town hosted Puerto Rico’s River Plate in the preliminary rounds played in the Cayman Islands, and lost on aggregate after a 1-0 win and a 2-0 loss to their opponent.
This according to team manager Kennedy Kelly was a good experience for a motivated team going into a CFU event.
“Based on Bodden Town’s results of the CIFA Football season so far, I think they are playing very well and with the experience at this level three years ago I expect a great show from Bodden Town. Despite the fact that we have no knowledge of how well our opponents can play, we feel if we execute our game plan, we will be victorious,” Kelly pointed out.
Kelly went on to say that the tournament is more than just squaring off against the best clubs in the region; he hopes this opportunity provides his players with an example of what it takes to compete at the top level.
He added that the youth players needed the exposure at the highest level and there were players whose desire is to play professionally while some wanted to gain scholarships, therefore, this competition should help them with their dreams and aspirations.
Bodden Town will be expecting positive results from a team effort, however, top striker Theron Wood who had a stint in the UK with Ashford Town in 2010 and Evesham Town in 2012 will bear most of the pressure and is expected to work hard as one of the strikers up front.
Wood who was unavailable for the 2011 competition as he was away in the UK at that time said, “We are very excited to go into the tournament. We are training hard for it and our first goal is to get through the first round and move on from there.”
The Bodden Town FC was founded in 1970 and has been an affiliate of the Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) since its inception. The football Club has been one of the top rated teams on the island and has produced several talented outstanding young players over the years.