In less than a month’s time, on September 3rd, Guyana’s Senior Men’s Team will begin their Caribbean Cup campaign against Dominica in St. Kitts & Nevis, followed by games against St. Lucia and St. Kitts & Nevis.
However, rather than being a source of optimism, the lack of information communicated by the current administration regarding the games has meant that there has been no publicity surrounding the matches, or any signs that Guyana will even utilise the best players available to them for the campaign.
As of August 7th, no Manager or squad has been announced and there are also doubts as to whether the GFF will call on overseas-based players for the games. How can a National Team expect to prosper if there is no indication of a Manager or squad being chosen with just weeks to go before a major tournament?
The GFF, led by Christopher Matthias, has failed to answer this question, and a recent interview by Mr. Matthias on NCN television suggested that the primary focus of his administration is on Guyana’s Under-17 team and not the Senior Men’s Team, despite the Senior Team being the flagship of any footballing nation and also the best way of generating income.
The Caribbean Cup this year has been regarded as the most important of all-time, as the highest four finishers qualify for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup next July, and even more importantly, the winner of the 2014 Caribbean Cup will qualify for the 2016 Copa America Centenario, a special tournament marking the 100th anniversary of the South American Football Federation and set to feature Brazil, Argentina as well as all the other major South American teams.
With this in mind, it seems puzzling as to why the GFF has not placed importance on preparing a Senior Side capable of winning the tournament.
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