23 year old Caymanian footballer, Joshewa Frederick has signed with Ngaruawahia United AFC. According to Ottawa Pro Sports Management (OPSM) president Mackenzie Longpre, (Frederick’s agent) both parties came to an agreement over the weekend.
The New Zealand based football club, will serve as Frederick’s first professional team ever played for once he hits the field.
“We are super ecstatic to see this happen for him,” Longpre told Cay 03 Sports on Tuesday (22 December).
Frederick joined hands with OPSM in March with hopes of locating a team to sign with. Longpre said the search for a club over the last ten months was grueling due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We explored Europe and North America but due to covid, it’s been very difficult,” said Longpre. “So right now we thought the best interest would be to get Josh playing professional minutes and go from there.”
Frederick’s passion for football spans over 16 years. The stationary defender for Bodden Town FC, first started playing during his elementary years and has since won several Cayman Islands Football Association Men’s League titles.
“I’ve been preparing for this moment from Prospect Primary School,” said Frederick. “[I] just want to continue my football education every step of the way.”
He also wears the captain ban for the Cayman Islands national team and has played for the country during several CONCACAF and FIFA tournaments. In addition, Frederick has played NCAA Division 1 football for Longwood University in Virginia and has won over 15 local junior championships.
Frederick said he was humbled to have been given the opportunity to do what he loves at a professional level.
“It feels very humbling and fulfilling to be given a chance to see my dream taking that next step,” said Frederick. “I’m ready for the challenge…This is just the beginning.”
Someone who has been with Frederick since he first learnt to kick a ball, is his uncle and founder of Swanky International, Craig Frederick.
“As someone that was his first ever coach and his toughest critic, I am extremely proud of him taking this huge step to realising his dreams of playing professionally,” said Craig. “He has put a lot of hard work in to being the quality player he has become and the sky is the limit for him now.”
Frederick is expected to join Ngaruawahia United in January 2021 on a one year contract and is also scheduled to play during the World Cup Qualifiers in March.