Shabazz says Allah & passion of the Jags players aided in their victory with 12th man present
Having already qualified for the third round of the CONCACAF FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 Qualifiers a few weeks ago on home soil at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence, Guyana’s National Head Coach Jamaal Shabazz indicated to the media that the historic event created by Golden Jaguars against Trinidad and Tobago, ‘Soca Warriors’ came through Allah (God).
The Technical Director of the Golden Jaguar team who uttered Allahu Akbar to Kaieteur News during the invited comment said that the players deserve all the credit since they made Guyana proud with their accomplishment with qualifying for the third round in the World Cup, “I think in the efforts of the players, they have worked very hard and deserve all the credit they can get…they have done Guyana proud and I am very proud of them as well and we all know that Soca Warriors is like Goliath, a big army but how many times have a small army defeated a big one and this was proven when the Jags defeated Trinidad and Tobago, a very skillful and firm opponent.”
Shabazz who urged Guyanese (twelfth man) to support the Jags by wearing the colour yellow on Friday 11th November, said that the twelfth man started scary as the stands took a while to full but was very happy when he saw the official turn out, “I felt the crowd and I think that this shows the South American spirit in our Caribbean people as it pertains to the game of football,” he declared.
Soliciting to the Trinidadian Coach about his feelings with his country losing against the Jags, he said that it was a good question and indicated that it is nothing personal but its rather an opportunity to show that the Caribbean coaches have come of the age. “This historic event that occur is not a personal one but rather an opportunity to show that Caribbean Coaches has come of the age…the big jobs no longer must go to the Europeans and South Americans since we have coaches not only in Trinidad and Tobago but also in Guyana who have studied and worked hard, all they need is the opportunity.”
The Technical Director further added that a lot of things will be required to change in the way Guyana conduct business if they want to compete with the likes of Mexico and Costa Rica next year in the third round of the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers.
Shabazz concluded by highlighting to this publication that the victory attained by the Jags was not only for them but also for the country, “I could not have tell who was PPP/C, APNU or AFC at the Stadium, I certainly did not see the division that you would always put on each other (East Indians, Amerindians, Europeans, Chinese, Portuguese or Africans), what I saw was a ‘G’ for Guyana.
Guyana will play CONCACAF powerhouse Mexico, Costa Rica and El Salvador in Group B in the third stage of World Cup Qualifiers in June.
Guyana will travel to Mexico to play their first game on June 8 and will host Costa Rica at the National Stadium on June 12 and then proceed to El Salvador to play on September 7 and four days later entertain the El Salvadorians at Providence. (Juanita Hooper)