Guyana’s flagship team, the ‘Golden Jaguars’ will open its quest to further consolidate its status as an emerging thoroughbred in Concacaf when it
take on Aruba in the evening of Friday September 6 next when the group stage of the 2019/2020 Concacaf Nations League, kicks off.
The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) on Tuesday unveiled the schedule for the group stage of the League which will see some one-hundred-and-two matches in Leagues A, B and C which will take place during the FIFA match windows of September, October and November 2019.
Three days after taking on Aruba, the Golden Jaguars would be welcoming Jamaica’s ‘Reggae Boyz’ for their second match in Group ‘F’/ League ‘B’ which also has Antigua and Barbuda.
On October 11, Guyana would be away to Antigua and Barbuda and three days later, the Guyanese would be entertaining their rivals. Guyana will host Aruba on November 15 after which they will travel to the Land of Reggae to engage the host, three days later.
At the conclusion of the home-and-away round robin group stage, the winners of each League A group will qualify to the Final Championship, while the League B and C group winners will be promoted to League A and B for the next edition of the competition.
Additionally, the teams at the bottom of each League A and B group will be relegated to League B and C respectively. The official draw, which sub-divided the three Leagues into groups, took place Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at the Chelsea Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Concacaf Chief Football Officer Manolo Zubiria conducted the draw alongside Concacaf Director of Development and former Grenada international footballer, Jason Roberts. The Concacaf Nations League kicked off with a one-off qualifying phase.
Following 68 matches, the 34 participating teams were compiled into an aggregate table, ranking them 1-34. The final position of each team determined if they were placed into League A, B or C.
By virtue of having qualified for the Hexagonal Round of the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Russia 2018, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, United States and Trinidad & Tobago where pre-seeded directly into League A.
Additionally, Guatemala, who did not participate in the qualifying phase due to a suspension imposed by FIFA, was placed into League C.
Meanwhile, the Golden Jaguars which created history by qualifying for the first time in the 17 plus year history of the nation for the Concacaf Gold Cup will commence preparations on June 1 with an international camp that includes two international friendly matches.
From June 1st next, the camp would start in Bermuda where they will come up against the fellow Gold Cup debutants in an international friendly on June 6. They then travel to Costa Rica to continue their camp over the period June 9 – 13.
Whilst there, the Golden Jaguars will play the second international friendly against Caribbean powerhouse Haiti on June 11. From Costa Rica the team travels to their base in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA, for their opening game of Concacaf Gold Cup 2019 on June 18 at the Allianz Field against defending champions USA.
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