Golden Jaguars FIFA World Cup dream ‘deferred’
The Golden Jaguars before kick-off against St Kitts and Nevis. (GFF photos)
The Golden Jaguars before kick-off against St Kitts and Nevis. (GFF photos)

…St Kitts and Nevis thump Guyana 3 – 0

THE Golden Jaguars’ dreams of advancing to the next round of their FIFA 2022 Qatar World Cup Qualifiers came to an end last evening when they went down 0 – 3 to St Kitts and Nevis.
Playing at Warner Park Sporting Complex in Basseterre, Guyana entered the match needing a win to keep their chances alive. However, the home side had other ideas.
Coach Marcio Maximo went Kai McKenzie-Lyle in goal, while Captain Matthew Briggs was joined by Liam Gordon, Terrence Vancooten and Miguel Scarlett at the back.
Daniel Wilson and Watford FC’s Bali Spencer-Adams were placed in the defensive midfield; Pernell Schultz, Stephen Duke-McKenna and Omari Glasgow were placed in the attacking middle position. Keanu Marsh-Brown was the lone forward used by Maximo in his formation. For the home side, who came off of wins against Puerto Rico (1 – 0) and The Bahamas (4 – 0), they needed to ensure that they not only come out with the win, but also keep a clean sheet ahead of their crucial fixture against Trinidad and Tobago on June 8.

Guyana and Queens Park Rangers midfield player, Stephen Duke-McKenna battles for the ball against St Kitts and Nevis.

The Golden Jaguars trailed 2 – 0 at half-time with Keithroy Freeman scoring in the 9th minute from the penalty spot; he secured his double for the game in the 36th minute.
However, to Guyana’s credit, they created a few chances of their own through Glasgow, Marsh-Brown and Duke-McKenna. West Bromwich Albion midfield player, Romaine Sawyers, put the icing on the cake for St Kitts when he converted in the 67th minute. With the win, St Kitts and Nevis are sitting atop the table with nine points from three games, while Guyana is only above The Bahamas on three points. Guyana’s lone win in the World Cup qualifiers came against The Bahamas (4 – 0). The Golden Jaguars will play Puerto Rico on June 8 in their final game of the qualifiers; a game that will have no consequence to the qualifiers. Guyana will return home and prepare for their CONCACAF Gold Cup Qualifier match against Guatemala on July 3 in Florida.


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