LOC updates media
- Spectators not allowed in mound
Guyana’s National football team, Golden Jaguars participation in the third round of the CONCACAF 2014 World Cup Qualifiers at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence on June 12 against Costa Rica, on September 11 against El Salvador and on October 12 against Mexico, South America’s top football teams will be on rigid security to ensure that everything runs smoothly as the country engages in an advanced level of football.
This was one of the topics that was lamented yesterday afternoon during a press briefing in the Guyana National Stadium Conference Room when members of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) held a briefing to update the media and to inform the public about the ongoing preparations for the upcoming engagements, and the standards that are required by the World Football Governing Body, FIFA.
It was made known that there will be committees in place to manage each sector as it pertains to the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers.
The mound, which football lovers would normally go to enjoy a football game, especially in Jaguars previous engagements, will not be available for public use on the three significant days as it will be a breach of the FIFA specified rules. “An inspector was sent to Guyana from FIFA to inspect the Stadium. It was revealed that the Stadium is suitable once the mounds are not occupied.”
The Minister of Youth, Culture and Sport, Dr. Frank Anthony have recommended that the GFF undertake persons with the relevant expertise needed for such a major move for Guyana in the world of football. Anthony also made noteworthy suggestions to the Federation when they held previous consultations.
It was also made notable that the Kashif and Shanghai Organization will add their wealth of experience and knowledge to assist in marketing and promoting the matches as the GFF gear up to make the hosting of the matches an overwhelming success both on the field and off.
According to General Coordinator Kirk Douglas, they are determined to leave no stones unturned in their quest to stage a successful round of matches against three of CONCACAF powerhouses.
Meanwhile, the elimination of the mound will see the quantity of tickets being reduced for matches, while all tickets ($3000) will have security features which will prevent duplication and the ambush marketers from defrauding the process.
Douglas informed that they have also taken a number of suggestions from Minister Anthony and have even expanded on some of them to include persons with the relevant expertise as recommended by the Minister.
According to Douglas, even though Guyana successfully hosted matches in their World Cup campaign previously at the Caribbean Football Union level, the hosting of CONCACAF matches is a totally different level and more stringent requirements are mandated by FIFA.
Douglas also pointed out that the LOC have formed various sub-committees with respective functions that will be responsible for many other aspects of ensuring that come June 12, all bases are covered and Guyana could ensure that regardless of what occurs on the field of play, a positive legacy is left in the minds of visitors.
Deputy General Secretary of the GFF George Rutherford in his remarks also highlighted the preparations that the local governing body is currently engaged in and even touched on some of the other requirements of FIFA for the staging of the three matches.
Rutherford quizzed on whether it was safe to say that Guyana have already received the green light to press ahead with preparations, answered in the affirmative, adding that all systems are pointing to go.
Media Consultant Troy Peters, who chaired the interactive session called on the media to support the GFF by assisting in disseminating the pertinent information to the general public since it is imperative that they know about the stipulations handed down by FIFA and would not find themselves in an embarrassing position when they turn up at the Stadium and realize that they have violated the policies that FIFA has mandated that the host country comply with.
He promised to continue the interactive sessions as new developments take place.