Ruben Flores (pictured) will coach the Cayman Islands in the first-ever CONCACAF Under-15 Girls' Championship.
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Competing well in the inaugural CONCACAF Under-15 Girls’ Championship is Ruben Flores’ first goal, but the Cayman Islands head coach also has his eye on development.
Flores is excited by the team’s preparations for the tournament, which Cayman will host, August 6-17, 2014.
“We are trying to build a culture and a program where the little girls see a future,” he said. “Playing, studying or as coaches – see how hard these girls are working to be a good group and represent this country proudly.”
Flores, who earned national “A” coaches licenses in Brazil, Canada, Mexico and the United States, is busy structuring his squad for the rigors of Group A encounters against the British Virgin Islands (August 6), the Bahamas (August 8) and Curacao (August 10).
“They are getting much better,” Flores assured. “They will be a very organized team.”
When asked what he hoped to convey to his players, Flores responded, “Pride for their country, representing it the best way possible, and also a good technical base to succeed in the near future. This group is starting to understand the opportunity they have and step by step change what needs to changed.”
Winning the tournament, though desired, is not the manager’s only ambition.
“Yes, I would love to win it, but more than that, I think the magic word is development,” Flores expressed. “There is nothing I would like to have more than these girls playing a CONCACAF qualifier for a World Cup or playing for a big school and advancing their studies.”