The final roster for the Women’s National U20 Team has been selected by Coach Ivan Joseph and his staff and Guyana is looking to field its strongest ever team at that age group for their playoff matches that will be held in the Dominican Republic kicking off later this week.
The final squad includes several debutants including Goalkeeper Raven Edwards-Dowdall, Midfielder Shanice Alfred, Forward Makayla Rudder and Defender Anaya Johnson. These four players join a contingent of players who helped Guyana qualify for the U20 Concacaf Championship for the first time in Guyana’s history.
The progress made by the women’s programme has been notable with the U20 and U17 teams both advancing to the Concacaf Championships. Guyana’s U20s begin their group matches this Sunday (February 23) against Nicaragua and are looking to have a strong enough showing to advance out of the group stages.
“The coaching staff and players have been hard at work preparing for the upcoming Concacaf Women’s Under 20 championships,” said Coach Ivan Joseph when asked to comment on the team’s preparation so far. “It is our hope that we will make our country and all our fans proud of our effort and commitment on the field. Mexico, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico are all formidable opponents in our opening Group D round-robin pool. All three teams are ranked ahead of us in our pool with Mexico leading the way as the number two-ranked team in the tournament. We will need to play at our very best and hope to get a bounce or two in our direction to advance to the next round,” he added.
In an invited comment, Paul Beresford, International Director of Women’s Programs, said much has been achieved since the re-launch of the women’s programme in 2017: “With the support of the GFF we have seen significant progress in women’s football since the programme’s re-launch in 2017. From the senior team to the U15s, the women’s teams continue to make history.
Additionally, we have seen excellent progress as we develop our young Guyana-based players who face very real obstacles to their development. The Federation along with the GFF International Support Group (ISG) continue to implement programmes designed to provide further opportunities to the Guyana-based players to progress and we are looking to the Guyana footballing community to continue to support women’s football players both in Guyana and internationally-based as they continue to represent Guyana in competitions.”
Guyana has been placed in Group D with Mexico, Nicaragua and Puerto Rico and group matches are scheduled for the Olimpico Felix Sánchez stadium, Dominican Republic as follows:
Sunday, 23rd February: Guyana vs Nicaragua @ 19:00hrs
Tuesday, 25th February: Puerto Rico vs Guyana @ 16:00hrs
Thursday, 27th February: Mexico vs Guyana @ 19:00hrs
According to Concacaf, the 2020 Concacaf Women’s Under-20 Championship will kick off with an initial group stage among 16 teams. “After round-robin play, the top three teams in each of the groups will advance to the knockout stage, joining the four qualifiers winners – Guyana, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis and Grenada. All knockout round matches (round of 16, quarterfinal, semifinal and final) will be played in a single match elimination format, with the finalist and the third-place match winner qualifying to the FIFA Women’s U-20 World Cup 2020.”
National U20 Women’s Team
Name Position Club
Raven Edwards-Dowdall Goalkeeper Vaughn SC
Aneesa O’Brien Goalkeeper Durham FC
Brianne Desa Defender Durham United FA
Jade Vyfhuis Defender Markham SC
Jessica Myers Defender Durham FC
Sydney Puddiecombe Defender AnB Futbol Academy
Hailey David Defender Pickering FC
Anaya Johnson Defender Woodbridge Strikers
Siacy Adams Midfielder Foxy Ladies FC
Kiana Khedoo Midfielder North Mississauga SC
Serena Mc Donald Midfielder Durham United FA
Jenea Knight Midfielder Ottawa South United
Audrey Narine Midfielder Pickering FC
Tori DeNobrega Midfielder Durham United FA
Shamaya Daniels Midfielder Fruta Conquerors FC
Samantha Banfield Midfielder Durham United FA
Nailah Rowe Forward Durham FC
Tiandi Smith Forward Fruta Conquerors FC
Shanice Alfred Forward MacEwan University
Makayla Rudder Forward Unionville FC
Head Coach – Dr Ivan Joseph, Assistant Coach – Akilah Castello, Assistant Coach – Brittany Persaud, Goalkeeper Coach – Paul DeAbreu, Physiotherapist – Justine Rodrigues, Fitness Coach – Kayla De Souza, Performance Analyst – Kasy Kirash, International Team Director – Paul Beresford, Team Operations Manager – Andrea Johnson.
Apr 07, 2020By Calvin Chapman National 15s and youth coach, Laurence Adonis, who has experienced success at many levels in rugby has admitted that he is not happy with where the sport is right now but he...
Apr 07, 2020
Apr 07, 2020
Apr 06, 2020
Apr 06, 2020
Apr 06, 2020
If you take the March 4 breakdown of the post-voting process, there is incontrovertible evidence that the 2020 rigged election... more
Editor’s Note, If your sent letter was not published and you felt its contents were valid and devoid of libel or personal attacks, please contact us by phone or email.
Feel free to send us your comments and/or criticisms.
Contact: 624-6456; 225-8452; 225-8458; 225-8463; 225-8465; 225-8473 or 225-8491.
Or by Email: [email protected] / [email protected]