Ahead of the Golden Jaguars second CONCACAF Nations League match and first away game; a 26-man squad has been shortlisted to face Turks and Caicos. Colwyn Abrams reports.
The 26-man squad has been named by Michael Johnson, Head Coach of the National Senior Men’s team, to face the Turks and Caicos on October 13 as Guyana looks to cement a victory in its second appearance of the Concacaf Nations League.
The squad, includes three Goalkeepers, seven Defenders, seven Midfielders and six Forwards, and will see the return of seasoned players Walter Moore and Emery Welshman as well as a debutante Stephen Duke-McKenna.
Duke-McKenna, an 18-year-old from Bolton Wanderers FC in England, has been described as a “versatile attacking option who can play across the forward line.” Johnson said he looks forward to his presence in the squad as “he will bring professionalism, energy and a freshness to an already good team spirit.”
Head Coach of the national team Michael Johnson says he anticipates a tough battle but he believes that his team is ready since the team spirit fostered since the last meeting has been a huge bonus, this will work for the good of the team.
Technical Director of the team Ian Greenwood say the locally based players have continued their practice sessions and following their individual and specific training programs set by the head of sports science.
He added that, all the players understand the importance of earning the right on and off the field to wear the Jaguars badge. The Turks & Caicos fixture offers
another opportunity for the Golden Jaguars to build their growing reputation in the CNL.
This will be the first away match for Guyana in the qualifiers with the second being in French Guiana on November 20 at 21:00hrs. Guyana will play its final qualifier against Belize in March 2019 in Guyana.