Back to Back St. Kitts and Nevis Premier League Champions the Flow 4G Cayon Rockets are set to compete at the inaugural Republic Caribbean Club Shield tournament set for April 13-21 in the Dominican Republic.
The Caribbean Club Shield will feature 12 teams from 12 member association leagues in the Caribbean which are working with CONCACAF’s Development Department towards a long-term vision to professionalize the club game across the region.
According to Secretary of the Cayon Football Club Andy Blanchette the club was offered the opportunity to go to the Dominican Republic to participate in the Caribbean Shield tournament under the auspices of the CONCACAF Federation
“This became possible as a result of our sterling and outstanding performances over the past two years where we are the back to back champions. As a result of this we were afforded the opportunity to represent the SKNFA.”
Blanchette was also confident of advancing to the Semi-finals of that competition. “Based on the teams, we can advance to the Semi Finals and Finals but they would have to go out there and execute to the standards they have been playing for the past two seasons.” he said.
Blanchette was speaking following a donation of $15,000 from Parliamentary representative the Hon. Eugene Hamilton and TDC who donated $5,000 to their venture.
He welcomed the donation that could prove expensive for the amateur club. “It is most deserving we are extremely happy because to take a 20 man squad to the Dominican Republic it costs us well over $30,000 USD so the donation can go a long way in ensuring that into the Dominican Republic,” Blanchette said.
Hamilton speaking after handing over the cheque to the club indicated that he had been a founding member of the club and felt obligated to make the donation.
“I am a founding member of the Cayon football Club. The very first Cayon team that entered this arena in 1974 I was a member playing outside left we won straight through the second division winning every game and advanced to the first division and I played in this league for many years,” he said.
Hamilton indicated that the club has remained part of him over the years and that was the rationale behind the donation. “What is more important is, they have had two back to back championships, one which I would say is convincing, and it is a testament to the hard work put in by the youngsters and supported by their coach George “Yellow Man” Isaac And so, I wanted to give them some tangible support.”
He reminded that when they won the first title in 2015/2016 season he gave the club $6000. “I decided to raise the bar given the fact they have to travel abroad and participate in some games.”
Marketing Assistant at TDC, Dominic Matthew speaking on the donation indicated that the donation is part of their company’s investment in sports development. “TDC has always contributed to sports in St. Kitts and Nevis, and our contribution to the Flow 4G Cayon Rockets this evening is just another one of those contributions to advance the game beyond the grass roots level,” he said.
The Flow 4G Cayon Rockets were expected to depart the Federation on April 11th.
They were crowned Premier League Champions in 2015/2016 only having returned to the season prior and convincingly defended that title last season. They currently lie fifth this season in a tightly bunched top half of the Premier League table.
The team made up of mostly youth players have also been credited for uniting the community of Cayon that was once a hotbed for criminal activity.