Sep 22, 2010 Sports
Football fans, followers, lovers and the general public are in for a treat come this Sunday at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence when Guyana’s ‘Golden Jaguars’ and the Junior ‘Golden Jags’ face off against Trinidad and Tobago’s Soca Warriors in what is anticipated to be two exciting matches.
Preceding these two matches will be an Under-17 match-up between respective sides from Georgetown and Upper Demerara.
The Under-20 squad commenced encampment on Monday last at Ocean View International Hotel and have been a focused bunch ever since.
A number of weekend camps were held to break down the team which now stands at 24 players and will be 25 today when England based Kyle Miranda joins the squad.
The USA based pair of Kevin Beaton and Nicholas Parbhudial have already joined their local counterparts and were seen going through their paces yesterday afternoon at the GFC Ground.
Head Coach Gordon ‘Ultimate Warrior’ Braithwaite speaking with Kaieteur Sport noted that he is happy to date with what he has seen of the players while highlighting the fact that there was no Under-20 competitions in the respective Associations initially posed some challenges.
“We were able to deal with that challenge with the GFF hosting some weekend camps where we were focused on assisting the players to up their fitness levels which will be fine tuned during this week. I must say though, that some of the players have been active with their senior teams during the few competitions that are playing.”
Braithwaite explained that while winning on Sunday will be great, they are more focused on getting the team into shape for the Caribbean Football Union’s Under-20 World Cup Qualifying competition.
Guyana will be hosting Jamaica, United States Virgin Islands and Grenada in early October.
The Junior ‘Golden Jaguars’ will play the United States Virgin Islands on October 6, Grenada two days later on the 8th and Jamaica’s Junior Reggae Boyz on the 10th.
The team will break for a day or two after Sunday’s game and return to camp ahead of the CFU Under-20 qualifiers.
Fans are again urged to wear yellow or gold for Sunday’s games. Admission is $1000 with children Under-12 free.
A practice game between the Under-20’s and the senior teams is set for today at the National Stadium, Providence from 15:00hrs.
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