… Golden Jaguars to host Jamaica on September 9
THE Golden Jaguars, Guyana’s senior Men’s National football team, will kick off their CONCACAF Nations League campaign on September 6 when they travel to ‘The Kingdom of The Netherlands’ territory of Aruba.
By virtue of finishing seventh in the qualifying stages of the competition, Guyana were pitted in League B alongside Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba and Jamaica in Group C.
Following their September 6 encounter, Guyana will return home to host Jamaica on September 9, followed by a trip to Antigua and Barbuda on October 11 to finish off the first leg of the home-and-away formatted league.
Guyana will host Antigua and Barbuda on October 15, Aruba on November 15 and will travel to Jamaica on November 18 for their second clash with the ‘Reggae Boyz’.
The home-and-away group stage of the 2019 CONCACAF Nations League will be played on FIFA match dates in September, October and November 2019, while the Final Championship will take place in 2020.
At the conclusion of the 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 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 will determine their placement 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 were pre-seeded directly into League A.
Additionally, Guatemala, who did not participate in the qualifying phase due to a suspension imposed by FIFA, were placed into League C. (Rawle Toney)