-Coach Braithwaite impressed with composition
By Edison Jefford
National Football Coach attached to the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports’ National Sports Commission, Gordon ‘Ultimate Warrior’ Braithwaite is impressed with the Inter-Guiana Games (IGG) male football team and thinks they will do well in Suriname.
The national junior male football composition, which was selected following the nationwide Digicel Schools’ Football Tournament this year, will play Conquerors FC tonight at 6pm at the Tucville Ground in another of their warm-up matches.
The team that was initially a 44-member squad has now been reduced to 18 players with three stand-bys and Braithwaite believes that his team will be able to reverse history in Suriname at IGG next week and return with wins against the host and French Guiana.
“I like the team, personally; it’s a good young team; most of the players are eligible next year and that is a good thing because they will have this year’s experience. I am really hoping that they do well in Suriname,” Braithwaite told Kaieteur Sport yesterday.
The former renowned national senior football player said that the team need encouragement to erase past performances in IGG football. “It is a long time that we have not done well in football and I believe this team can change that history next week,” he said.
The national junior football coach reiterated that one of the good things about the team was the fact that they played in a nationwide tournament, and had several practice matches leading up to the Games, which fortifies their preparation before departure.
“Our preparation was as best as we could have prepared,” Braithwaite philosophised, adding that he has no reservations about how well they will do because he had sufficient time to get the team into the necessary competition shape. He said the team is ready to compete.
The Inter-Guiana Games will be held from October 19-24 in Paramaribo, Suriname with Guyana facing off against French Guyana and host, Suriname in seven disciplines that also includes track and field, basketball, volleyball, chess, cycling and swimming.
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