Guyana’s young Golden Jaguars will close out their campaign in the CFU Men’s Olympic Qualifying competition today against Aruba from 15:30hrs at the Antigua Recreation ground., Antigua and Barbuda having lost both
games to the host nation and Cuba by similar 2-0 margins.
The Jaguars and Aruba which also lost both their matches to Cuba (11-1) and Antigua (7-0) will be hoping to end on a high but given the form Aruba has displayed, the Golden Jaguars are tipped to end with a win today.
Head Coach Jamaal Shabazz in an invited comment stated that the players are obviously disappointed to have lost both games having played hard but noted that the reality is that Guyana is two to three steps behind Cuba and the Benna Boys, Antigua & Barbuda.
“We can be comforted in the fact that we competed for long periods against teams whose overall programmes are superior to ours at this stage. We have finished strong in the second half of both matches after giving up two first half goals, but I am satisfied with the strides this team have made in the last six weeks. In the long term they will serve our football well.”
A few changes might be made to the starting lineup Shabazz noted as the Technical Staff seeks to give a couple of the players a taste of the international play.
Meanwhile, in other results, hosts Haiti defeated the Cayman Islands 4-0, while St Kitts and Nevis beat Barbados 2-1 in Group 1 play at the Stade Sylvio Cator in Haiti on Friday.
In Group 3, the Dominican Republic outplayed St Lucia 3-0 at the Estadio Felix Sanchez in Dominican Republic.
Last night, St Vincent and the Grenadines were scheduled to meet Trinidad and Tobago at the Estadio Juan Ramon Loubriel in Puerto Rico. (Franklin Wilson)
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