4th Tri-Nation International Guyana Cup tournament…
Despite late notice Western Tigers FC confident of winning
They have been given a mere two weeks’ notice but a team of footballers from the Western Tigers FC are confident of carting off the major prizes when they engage Suriname and French Guiana in the 4th Tri-Nation International Guyana Cup tournament slated to get underway in Suriname from August 16-20.
Yesterday morning, a team of officials of the Western Tigers FC joined President (ag) of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF), Franklyn Wilson, Deputy General Secretary, George Rutherford, Coach, Calvin Allen, Manager, Brentnol Bourne, Anthony ‘Awo’ Abrams and Captain of the team, Dwayne Ali. They all exuded confidence in the local players despite the late notice. The ‘Tigers’ will leave within the week and will field a 23 man delegation that also include a FIFA referee and an official of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF).
The host country will field two teams while Guyana and French Guiana are represented by the top clubs of those countries. Alpha United FC, regarded as the top local club, was initially scheduled to make the trip, but officials passed up the offer citing insufficient time to prepare.
Manager of the squad, Brentnol Bourne expressed gratitude to the executive of the GFF for the opportunity to represent Guyana. He admitted that officials of his club received short notice but were unperturbed since the players were already preparing for the imminent GFF Super 8 tournament. He said that it was only a matter of shifting focus to the Suriname tournament.
Coach of the traveling team, Calvin Allen endorsed Bourne’s sentiments saying that his players have been training all along. He said that the team will play competitive football with the aim of winning their games. He also said that the tournament will serve as preparation for the CONCACAF tournament next year.
Captain of the team, Dwayne Ali also extended appreciation to the officials of the GFF for the confidence placed in his men, and said that it will give the players a chance to showcase their skills on the international scene even as the club administrators get an opportunity to groom the ball weavers.
Assistant General Secretary, George Rutherford said that he was happy that Western Tigers had taken advantage of the opportunity. He said that those players were the next best choice after Alpha United indicated their inability to contest. Mr. Rutherford further lauded the programme in place at the West Ruimveldt based institution, saying that they are the only ones with a viable development programme that encompasses the many age groups.
Meanwhile, local ball weavers are still to win the tournament after four years and are going all out to break the jinx. The tournament was arranged with an aim of raising the level of football among the participating countries. The countries have agreed to take turns in hosting the championships and the host country is allowed to field their two best teams, while the other two are allowed one team apiece. Each team is required to put up US$500, with the winner receiving the entire purse along with medals and a trophy.