By Franklin Wilson
With just over two weeks to game day, fans and supporters of the world’s greatest sport, football, are in for
a treat when Guyana’s Golden Jaguars host Canada’s Olympic Under-23 team at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.
This historic match forms part of the Government of Guyana’s calendar of events in observance of this nation’s 50th Independence Anniversary celebrations and will be the first time Guyana will be playing Canada.
The significance of this highly anticipated match-up is further emphasized given the fact that the match will also mark the celebration of 50-years of diplomatic relations between the two countries as was announced by Canadian High Commissioner to Guyana Mr. Pierre Giroux when the match was launched at the Guyana Football Federation (GFF).
Qualifying for the Olympic Games which is only second to the FIFA World Cup is no ordinary feat so the fact that Canada has agreed to send this team to play Guyana is huge for Guyana and fans are being encouraged to be a part of history.
The Government of Guyana is playing a major role in facilitating this match along with the GFF and its International Ambassador Alex Bunbury who made the initial link with Canada to pull off the engagement.
Head Coach of the GFF Jamaal Shabazz has disclosed that a number of exciting young players would afforded the opportunity to showcase their talent against the Canadians including the likes of Trayon Bobb who has been enjoying a good season in the Stag Elite League Finale, Eon Alleyne, USA based Brandon Beresford and
the Trinidad based duo of Pernel Schultz and Akeem Knights.
A few of the more senior players including Captain Chris Nurse and Gregory ‘Jackie Chan’ Richardson will compliment the younger exciting players which makes this match a potentially mouth watering affair.
This game will also serve as a warm up for Guyana’s continuing campaign in the ScotiaBank CFU Men’s Caribbean Cup 2016, Round 2 Group 3. The Golden Jaguars had qualified as the First Best Team from Round 1 qualifying and will play Curacao, the 5th Best Runner-Up team from Round 1 on June 1st in Curacao at Ergilio Hato Stadium.
The Golden Jaguars will then close out qualifying with the aim of advancing to the next stage when they oppose the United States Virgin Islands, the 3rd Best Runner-Up team from Round 1 on June 4 at Adelita Cancryn Playing Field in the USVI.
The GFF has announced that tickets for the May 15, Guyana/Canada match will cost $1,000 with tickets for School children cost $500. Children Under-12 will be admitted free.
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