Note overly worried by the three previous results, 0-4, 2-3 and 3-4 losses to Guatemala, Cayman Islands and Curacao, Head Coach of Guyana’s team at the Concacaf Under-20 Championship here at the IMG Academy, Wayne Dover said that they will be going all out for a win in their final Group F match this evening against group leaders, El Salvador.
The tournament which has for the first time attracted a total of 34 nations and played every two years has seen the best players at this level battling for the past nine (9) days with today’s 10th day being the final day for the group stages.
Guyana and El Salvador have been afforded the honour of playing the final match of this first stage from 19:45hrs which will be 20:45hrs, Guyana time. Only the top nations from the six groups will advance to the next stage.
Already going through are USA (Group A), Honduras (Group C), Panama (Group D) and El Salvador (Group F).
Some upsets would have been created so far and the most memorable to date was the St. Kitts and Nevis 2-1 triumph over Canada on Thursday. Guyana would be seeking to end with an upset win over El Salvador.
And Dover is optimistic that such a feat can be achieved, he has however noted that his midfield has been struggling in every match so far and they would be working to produce a better performance today; yesterday afternoon’s final training session was dedicated to working on that aspect of their game.
”Over the three games played we have observed that there has been a great struggle for the team in midfield to either dominate the opponent or stop them from dominating us. They’ve been a heavy concentration to fix this situation in all the matches played and it will be no different before the next game.
We have to dominate midfield to control the game, we have to control the game to win it. So our midfield plays and defending is paramount to our success. We have scored five goals in three games, those five coming in the last two matches while we have conceded seven.”
Dover noted that the team has displayed the ability to score goals but they have to find a way to stop letting in easy goals in order to give themselves a chance to win games.
”This would be our aim tomorrow (today) to end the tournament with a win despite we’ll be playing against the number one seeded team in the group which has also won the group with a game in hand.”
Guatemala has ended with 7 points from their four matches, Cayman Islands (4 points) and Curacao (3 points) will face off in their final match from 10:30hrs also today.
Following the first match against Guatemala which Dover described as a fell out game, he noted that the Technical staff would have seen steady and encouraging improvement from the players.
”These lads are being exposed at this level for the first time in their life and they have all gained valuable experience from each match and based on their response, it is a clear that they have been learning on the job,” Dover ended.
He once again expressed thanks to President of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Wayne Forde and his executive for making the investment and pulling out all the stops to ensure that Guyana competed.
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