AUCKLAND, New Zealand – New Zealand born businessman Shaun McCann provided some much needed support for the Bodden Town Football Club during the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) President’s Cup here in Auckland.
McCann was born in New Zealand but emigrated to the Cayman Islands in 1992 and played in the local football leagues. He resides in Grand Cayman but is back home on vacation.
During Bodden’s Town’s three match stint in Auckland, McCann passionately waved the Cayman Islands Flag at the Trusts Arena, supporting the team from his adopted home.
“I knew the day would come that I would wave this flag in New Zealand,” McCann told caymanfootball.com. “It is a tremendous privilege to see and support Bodden Town in an international tournament.”
McCann was born and raised in Auckland and attended the games with his family members, who along with Bodden Town’s staff, cheered the team on in matches against Singapore U-23, Auckland City and Fiji U-20.
During Bodden Town’s heavy 9-0 loss to Auckland on Friday, McCann remained supportive of Elbert McLean’s men and expressed pride seeing their fighting spirit.
“It didn’t matter, our heads never went down, the team equipped themselves very well, the team should hold their heads high, McCann said.
Along with supporting Bodden Town, McCann used the opportunity to provide spectators with information about the Cayman Islands.
“It is very good to speak to people who are inquisitive about the Cayman Islands. When I explain to people where Cayman is and compare it to one of our islands (Great Barrier), they are very welcoming and very proud to be hosting a team from the Cayman Islands.”
ow that play is over McCann plans to take the team on a bus tour around Auckland.