By Franklin Wilson
Guyana’s Golden Jaguars christened the new football field at the recently
commissioned multi-million dollar Leonora all-weather athletic track on Friday afternoon last as they fine tune preparations ahead of their international friendly match against Suriname on Thursday evening in the Dutch speaking nation.
Commenting on the session and more importantly the game, Head Coach Jamaal Shabazz said that the game is important from the standpoint of the home based players getting playing time ahead of the World Cup Qualifiers with Guyana set to take on St. Vincent and the Grenadines in their first of the home and away tie in St. Vincent on June 10 next.
“It is so important for the pool of players to play close to 90 minutes as much as possible which will help them widen their capacity and its helps us because in international football sometimes players become unavailable, and even accumulate cards.
So going into June as many players that can play 90 minutes for us it’s important for us and this game against Suriname gives that opportunity.”
With the Olympic qualifiers also slated for the end of June where Guyana has been drawn in Group 2 to be hosted by Aruba from June 24 – 28 along with Antigua & Barbuda and Cuba, Shabazz said they have been very strategic and deliberate with inviting Under-23 players.
“We’ve been inviting Under-23 players to come in and around the squad to have a bite of what it feels like. It’s really exciting times and the more work, we welcome it. We are going to the Normalisation Committee to increase the staff because we need a couple of more hands on board.
Training squad: Vurlon Mills, Daniel Wilson, Steffon Ramsay, Derrick Carter, Kevin Beaton, Sheldon Holder, Kevin Layne, Amos Ramsay, Jamal Smith, Clive Nobrega, Solomon Austin, Colin Nelson, Adrian Butters, Konata Mannings, Dwain Jacobs, Eon Alleyne, Joshua Brown, Kris Camacho, Akel Clarke, Pernell Schultz, Jason Cromwell.
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