Guyanese urged to don green as local rugby players take on T&T tomorrow
On November 11, 2011 Guyana’s premiere football squad – “Golden Jaguars” – challenged Trinidad and Tobago’s “Soca Warriors” at the National Stadium, Providence, and Guyanese demonstrated staunch patriotism by donning yellow jerseys thus rendering moral support to their team.
The local ball weavers went on to defeat the men from the ‘Land of the Hummingbird’ thus progressing to the third stage of the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 qualifying tournament and will play Mexico on June 8 next in their first of three games home and away; the other countries they will face are Costa Rica and El Salvador.
In a totally different ball game, local rugby players will take to the field, also at the National Stadium, Providence, tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon, to once again engage their foe from the Twin Island Republic and this time rugby administrators are beseeching members of the public to wear a green jersey to show support for the ‘ruggers.’
Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Guyana Rugby Football Union, Gem Nascimiento made this plea on behalf of the Executive of the Guyana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) when that body called a press conference in the conference room of Bank DIH Ltd to brief media operatives on issues pertaining to the impending game.
The beverage giant has acquiesced to a lucrative sponsorship package and the tournament would be staged under the ‘Malta Supreme’ brand. Yesterday morning several of the top brass from the beverage company were present to hand over the sponsorship package including Outdoor Events Manager, Mortimer Stewart and Communications Manager, Troy Peters.
Mr. Peters said that his organization was delighted to form a partnership with the rugby players even as he voiced optimism that the local team would triumph over their Caricom foes and progress to the next round.
The Communications Manager then urged all Guyanese to come out in support of their team as such support could be the catalyst to their eventual victory. He supports the notion that the attainment of a berth in the finals is certainly not beyond their capacity. Mr. Peters concluded with encouraging words to the team, “Be smart, be strong but most of all be supreme.”
Executive member, John Lewis added his voice to the cause and informed that there have been significant improvements in the sport over the years. He pointed out that the advancement of the team will reflect on the financial demands since the squad will be required to engage in matches outside of Guyana.
“Simply put, sponsorship will become extremely vital if the team is to continue winning international acclaim and for that reason, we are extremely delighted that Banks (DIH) has seen it fit to come on board,” said Mr. Lewis.
Meanwhile coach of the squad, Theodore Henry feels that his team stands a very good chance of winning the match. He said that they had huddled and examined past errors and made the requisite adjustments thus heightening their winning chances.
President of the GFRU, Kit Nascimiento informed that after their good showing in the recently concluded Sevens tournament in Hong Kong, the team has been elevated from their number 24 position to the number 22 spot.
However, this ranking is still to be made official. The Trinidadians were scheduled to arrive in Guyana early this morning and the match will commence tomorrow afternoon at 16:00hrs sharp.