Letter to the Sports Editor…Deon, Chris Barnwell are the first brothers to represent Guyana in World Cup qualifiers
Guyana first World Cup qualifying encounter was July 4, 1976 against Suriname at the world famous GCC Bourda. The Maurice Enmore led team won 2 Nil with goals from Vibert ‘Durdy’ Butts and Keith ‘Wiler’ Niles, since then the National team has competed in 27 World Cup Qualifiers including the recent loss to Concacaf Power House Mexico at the Aztec Stadium.
Although Chris Nurse’ men lost 3-1 the match was historical because that was the first time probably a World Cup qualifier was played with a team having three sets of Brothers included in their Squad. Guyana Squad had Jake and Howard Newton, Carl and Leon Cort and Anthony Abrams and Colin Edwards.
The first time brothers played in the same match for the land of the Majestic Kaieteur falls was April 1988 when Thomas United duo Deon and Christopher Barnwell graced the Arima Stadium against the Soca Warriors in one nil World Cup qualifier loss.
The next time brothers represented Guyana in a World Cup qualifier was March 1996 when Beacons Mortimer and Martin Stewart played in a 2-1 loss to Grenada at GCC Bourda. The Stewarts also played in the returned fixture in St. George’s when the Anthony Stanton led team lost 5 nil. The Grenville brothers Gladstone and Ewart also competed in World Cup qualifiers for Guyana but not in the same match.
Gladstone played against Suriname in Paramaribo in October 1980, while Ewart was Guyana Captain against Suriname in two World Cup qualifiers in 1992.
The Cort brothers were also in the Guyana Squad for World Cup qualifier during the 2008 campaign but strange enough only Leon Cort could boast of scoring at the World Cup qualifying level. He scored against Trinidad and Tobago at Providence 2011-11-11.