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Cavalier to depart for Gothia Cup

Published:Tuesday | July 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMRobert Bailey/Gleaner Writer
Cavalier SC's Chevone 'Messi' Marsh taking a shot at goal during a recent Red Stripe Premier match against Sandals South Coast at the Stadium East field.
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Following months of intense preparation, head coach and president of Cavalier SC, Rudolph Speid, said his players are ready to compete in this year's staging of the Gothia Cup, a preseason youth tournament scheduled for July 15-21 in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Speid told The Gleaner yesterday that the team will be leaving tomorrow for a three-day camp in Norway, moving over to the championships in Sweden.

Speid said that they are taking the tournament very seriously because it is an opportunity for the young charges to showcase their talents in front of top European scouts.

"It is what they dubbed the youth club World Cup and there are 24 team from all over the world taking part, and we are going there to see if we can give a good account of ourselves," said Speid.

"We are also going there to ensure that people realise that Jamaica has good-quality players and good organisation," he said.

"The players are elated about this because most of these players have never travelled before and they are going to be travelling to Europe, which is a dream come true for players looking to play in Europe," Speid said.

Cavalier were invited to compete in tournament after they defeated English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur's U-15 team in the finals of a preseason tournament in the Cayman Islands last year.

Speid added that his players are looking forward to carrying over this feat into this tournament in Norway.

"They are looking forward to it and to make their mark. They want to give a good performance for the club and country," Speid noted.

"I think if a couple of the players catch the eyes of the scouts, that will be good for us. But even if they don't, then the experience of travelling abroad will do a world of good for their careers," he stated.

"This is the only team from this region participating in the Gothia Cup, and we are the first ever team in this region to do so. This is a major accomplishment for us," Speid added.