Shabazz to be retained as Head Coach
By Franklin Wilson
Come Sunday March 22, 2015 at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence, international football will make a grand return to these shores when the Golden Jaguars entertain their rivals from St. Lucia.
With a score to settle given the fact that the St. Lucians defeated a sub-par Guyana team 2-0 in St. Lucia in the Caribbean Football Union championship last year, this game promises lots of fireworks with the Golden Jaguars expected to be a much more formidable unit.
Chairman of the FIFA appointed Normalization Committee of the Guyana Football Federation, Clinton Urling has indicated that this game will be used to ensure that the Men’s Senior national team is continuously involved in organised competition leading up to Guyana’s first FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 qualifying match (Round 2) against St. Vincent & the Grenadines in June.
Guyana, under the guidance of Head Coach Jamaal Shabazz who will be retained in a similar position after the GFF NC had indicated his previous appointment was for the Barbados friendly only, will leave no stones unturned as they seek to get the best possible combination ahead of WCQ.
Urling noted that this game will also give Shabazz and his Technical Department the opportunity of further assessing the strengths and weaknesses of the team stating that St. Lucia, ranked at 140 in the latest FIFA Coca Cola rankings as against Guyana at 166 is a formidable opponent.
“So in addition to playing against a higher caliber opponent we will also be aiming to get even.”
Asked to comment directly on the position of Shabazz’ status, Urling said, “We are working on finalizing Shabazz’ contract and it will be left up to him to pull together the technical team along with the Technical Director. I don’t expect too many changes though.”
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