Jun 05, 2010 Sports
Guyana playing under the guidance of Thomas United’s Earl O’Neil won the American Life sponsored trophy by defeating Barbados one nil in a three Test international soccer series in 1977. The ‘Land of the Majestic Kaieteur Falls’, hosted Barbados as part of the GFA 75th Anniversary celebrations.
Just like in the previous series against Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana started with a two nil victory at the Mackenzie Sports Club Ground. Skipper O’Neal led from the front opening the scoring 15 minutes from lemon time while Santos’ Walter ‘yam’ Prince sealed the issue just before the final whistle.
In game No. 2 Guyana looking for victory, to wrap up the series, had to settle for a goalless draw at the GCC Ground.
In the final game of the series, Barbados looking for a three nil victory to lift the American Life trophy, found O’Neal’s defence a tower of strength resulting in another scoreless draw, and by winning the opening (Test) 2-0 at Mackenzie Ground Guyana claimed the title.
Terry ‘Suzuki’ Nichols Pele was presented with a medal on crotches after breaking his foot in the final game of the series.
The victorious Guyana squad was:
Earl ‘The Pig’ O’Neal Captain – Thomas United
Terry ‘Suzuki’ Nichols – Pele
Vibert ‘Durdy’ Butts – Pele
Gordon ‘Ultimate Warrior’ Braithwaite – Pele
Keith ‘Wiler’ Niles – Pele
Patrick ‘Labba’ Barton – Pele
Lloyd ‘Tulay’ Enmore – Pele
Maurice ‘Cabbyo’ Enmore – Santos
Keith ‘Lanky’ Smartt – Santos
Denzil ‘Hunky Brains’ Thompson – Pele (Goalkeeper)
Wendell Sandiford – Pele (Goalkeeper)
Clive ‘Breezer’ Nedd – Santos (deceased)
Walter ‘Yam’ Prince – Santos
James Thompson – Santos
Vibert DeFreitas – YMCA
Rupert Carter – YMCA
Dennis Solomon – Linden/Botofago
Desmond Marshall – GDF (Goalkeeper)
Gerald Francisco – Coach
George Greene – Assistant Coach
Fussy Madramootoo – Assistant Coach
The Barbados squad that lost the 1977 series to Guyana was:
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