By Franklin Wilson
Preparations in earnest will commence today for the ‘Golden Jaguars’ ahead of what is anticipated to be a scorcher against Trinidad and Tobago’s Soca Warriors on Sunday September 26 at the National Stadium, Providence.
Head Coach Wayne ‘Wiggy’ Dover informed that the local based players will commence their short period of encampment ahead of the games from this evening at the Ocean Spray Hotel immediately after another training session at the Carifesta Sports Complex Ground, Carifesta Avenue.
Earlier this week (Tuesday & Wednesday), two sessions were held at the same venue with 25 players attending. Dover reported that there are still a few grey areas to work on but he is very optimistic that his charges will do well against the Soca Warriors.
“We did some work on speed and agility, passing, defensive organisation relating to shape, pressuring, covering and balancing. On day two we did some work to assess their level of fitness by doing a series of shuttle runs among other things.”
Dover, who has been at the Technical helm of Guyana’s football for over well over five years said he is anxiously awaiting the arrival of the eight overseas based players who will begin arriving from Sunday when Trinidad and Tobago based Walter Moore (defence), Shawn Beveney (midfield) and London based Alinani Mounter will join their local counterparts.
Goalkeeper Jason Lloyd and fellow England based Fabian Brown (midfield) will touch down next Wednesday, Chris Brown on Thursday with John Rodrigues and Chris Nurse both expected on Friday September 24.
“I am looking forward to the overseas players joining forces with the locals for this very important game. They will no doubt bring a higher level to us based on their exposure where they are playing.
Their presence will help to enhance the programme of development the GFF has embarked upon as we rebuild for the future.”
Dover was also quick to note that ‘Discipline’ will be the watch word for the camp and he is expecting the players to step up and deliver for their country. “We will be having a zero tolerance on indiscipline of any kind; we want the players to be very focused on this game so we can have a good result going into the Digicel Caribbean Championships next month in Suriname.”
Not only the seniors will be on show on the 26th, the Under-20’s will be matching skills against their Trini counterparts and they have already began their preparations also.
Trinidad’s senior Warriors have lost the last 2 of 3 friendly internationals, going down to Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz and Panama and were held to a 0-0 stalemate by Belize who are ranked at 168 in the World, Trinidad is at 97 with Guyana at 120.
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