THE Golden Jaguars will roar today, from 16:00hrs against St Kitts and Nevis, with the aim of keeping their 2022 FIFA Qatar World Cup dreams alive.
Needing a win in their remaining Group F CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers, head coach Marico Maximo is optimistic of success.
The Golden Jaguars arrived in St Kitts and Nevis on Wednesday ahead of matches against the host nation today and Puerto Rico (June 8), after a brief encampment in Antigua and Barbuda.
“We have seen very high intensity in training and great commitment from the players,” said Maximo. “We are very optimistic that we can achieve some positive results in St Kitts. We know it’s going to be a challenge, but everyone has high confidence about hitting our targets,” Maximo said.
Guyana lie in third in Group F, behind leaders St Kitts & Nevis and Trinidad & Tobago. Golden Jaguars need to win their remaining matches and then hope that other results go in their favour in order to top the group and qualify for the second round.
For 2021, Guyana Football Federation has set targets for Golden Jaguars to reach the second round of FIFA World Cup qualification and to improve on their performance at the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup, when the team notched one point from their three group-stage matches.
Maximo made six changes to the squad that lost to Trinidad and Tobago and beat The Bahamas in March, with 30-year-old former England youth international Matthew Briggs taking on the captaincy for the first time.
Full Guyana squad below
GOALKEEPERS: Akel Clarke (Mount Pleasant Academy), Kai McKenzie-Lyle (Cambridge United FC) Shawn Adonis (GPF FC).
DEFENDERS: Miguel Scarlett (Colchester United), Matthew Briggs (Vijle Boldk FC), Liam Gordon (Bolton Wanderers), Terence Vancooten (Stevenage FC), Nicholai Andrews (Santos FC), Bayli Spencer-Adams (Watford FC), Kevin Layne (Mount Pleasant Academy), Nathan Moriah-Welsh (Bournemouth FC).
MIDFIELDERS: Javier George (Stade Beaucairois), Daniel Wilson (GPF FC), Jobe Caesar (GDF FC), Marcus Wilson (Santos FC), Pernell Schultz (GPF FC).
FORWARDS: Stephen Duke-McKenna (Queens Park Rangers), Keanu Marsh-Brown (Wrexham AFC), Omani Glasgow (Fruta Conquerors), Kelsey Benjamin (GDF FC), Osafa Simpson (GPF FC), Trayon Bobb (Uitvlugt Warriors), Emery Welshman (Hapoel Raanana).