Barbados play St. Vincent & the Grenadines
Following their clean sweep of the two-game International Friendly series against Barbados in Guyana on May 20th and 22nd in Linden and at the National Stadium, the Guyanese are in the Land of the Flying Fish for the return game on Sunday at the Barbados National Stadium.
But before taking on the Bajans in what is anticipated to be a keen contest, the young Guyana side will take on the Bradley University of Chicago USA in a warm up game this evening, the supporting clash to the Barbados vs St. Vincent & the Grenadines main attraction.
Also in preparation mode for the Caribbean Football Union Olympic Under-23 Qualifying competition, the ‘Golden Jags’ will relish such a test today which can only help in shaping them for next month’s group games against host Cuba, Dominican Republic and Aruba; only the winner of the group will advance to the second stage.
Speaking with Kaieteur Sport before the team headed off to their training session last evening at the Speightstown Ground after arriving on the Island mere hours before, Head Coach Collie Hercules said that his charges are confident, but not over confident as they recognise that the games they will be playing will be tough encounters.
The former Guyana forward noted that this kind of exposure is necessary for young team playing away from home which will only serve to make them more ready for the future.
“This experience will be good for these players, it will be challenging for them to experience the kind of crowd support the Bajan team will get but I know that lots of Guyanese live here too and will be out in their numbers. It is always good to see the level of crowd rivalry between these two countries here.”
He further stated that the Guyanese players led by England based Christopher Bourne are up to the task at hand and have proven that before with the victories in Guyana.
“We are trying to get them to focus even more and concentrate and feel satisfied with the two wins. We want them to take the series 3-0. We need to grow in terms of our organisation and team play both defensively and offensively as a team.”
The Guyana team will come from Christopher Bourne, Sheldon Holder, Reshawn Sandiford, William Europe, Colin Nelson, Clive Nobrega, Vurlon Mills, Daniel Wilson, Trevon Lythcott, Brandon Beresford, Oswald Cornette, Akel Clarke, Keon Sullivan, Delwin Fraser, Ryan Crandon, Keiron Cameron and Keon Sears.
Anani Mohamed, who scored the winning goal in the 3-2 win against Barbados in game two at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence, is not in Barbados since he received a red card (two yellow) in that game.
Reshawn Sandiford who scored the first goal after the Guyanese found themselves trailing 2-0; a swagger of a free kick and Colin Nelson, who drew the sides level from the penalty spot, will all be aiming to shine against opponents that are expected to come at the visitors very hard.
But for now, it will be the Bradley University of Chicago side this evening. Kick off time is 18:00hrs.
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