By Rawle Toney
TWENTY- five of the shortlisted 32-players called by Head Coach Marcio Maximo, on Sunday undertook the mandatory fitness and evaluation test, as the Golden Jaguars begin preparation for their March 25 clash against Trinidad and Tobago.
Assistant Coach Charles ‘Lilly’ Pollard, along with Fitness Coach Wilson Toledo took the players through their paces at the National Training Centre.
Jobe Caesar, Sheldon Holder, Quincy Adams and Trayon Bobb were the notable players absent on Sunday’s fitness evaluation.
Last week, the GFF announced that they had tested 32 locally-based players and ten staff members, but when contacted, General Secretary Ian Alves told Chronicle Sport that the number of players who turned out, represented the number of players and staff who cleared to do so.
Alves said the Coaching Staff was concerned that the longer they waited, would mean that they would have less time with the players and ultimately hampering their preparation plans.
Meanwhile, the GFF told members of the yesterday that they were “pleased to report that everyone involved in the ongoing training exercise have been cleared by the Health Authorities to do so.”
When asked by Chronicle Sport, directly, if all 32 players and staff returned a negative test, the Federation’s Public Relations Officer, Keeran Williams, couldve only point to the vague release issued.
According to the GFF, the fitness tests provide important information for the coaching staff and will inform individual and squad training regimes in the run up to the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in March.
GFF president, Wayne Forde, promised to take “every precaution necessary to ensure that the squad and staff remain safe and well during this time, including regular testing for COVID-19. We look forward to the full resumption of training in the coming days, as long as conditions allow, and remain ready to take any action required if the pandemic enters another difficult phase.”
Forde said that “considering the lack of competition over the past year, we are pleased to report that the squad is already looking in good shape thanks in part to the individual training plans they were given by the GFF technical team during the lockdown.”
Golden Jaguars were drawn in Group F alongside Trinidad and Tobago, The Bahamas, Puerto Rico and St Kitts & Nevis.
Following their March 25 clash with Soca Warriors, Golden Jaguars will return home to roar against The Bahamas on Tuesday, March 30.
On Friday, June 4 Guyana will travel to St Kitts & Nevis for their third game and then host Puerto Rico on Tuesday, June 8.
See shortlisted players below:
GOALKEEPERS: Alex Murray, Sese Norville and Shawn Adonis.
DEFENDERS: Raphael Edwards, Sherwin Skeete, Jeremy Garrett, Eric Moore, Shemar Wilson, Colin Nelson, Quincy Adams, Kevin Dundas, Nicolai Andrews, Rishaun Ritch, Lionel Holder and Trevon Lythcott
MIDFIELDERS: Daniel Wilson, Marcus Wilson, Curtez Kellman, Threvon Pluck, Kersey Benjamin, Delwin Fraser, Pernell Schultz, Ryan Hackett, Trayon Bobb, Omari Glasgow, Dorwin George, Nicholas MacArthur, Darron Niles, Jamar Harrigon and Job Caesar.
FORWARDS: Sheldon Holder and Abumuchi Benjamin.