Golden Jaguars to play Canada U23 in International Friendly on May 15
The Golden Jaguars – Guyana’s Senior National Football Team, will host Canada’s National U-23 team in an International Friendly on May 15, at the Guyana National Stadium.
The match which is scheduled to kick off at 19:00hrs, according to the GFF, is part of the Government of Guyana’s 50th Jubilee celebration and is being facilitated by Guyana Football Federation’s (GFF) International Ambassador and Canadian Hall of Fame inductee Alex Bunbury.
“This is such a big development and something I have been working on for a couple months. This is only the beginning” Bunbury told News Room Sports in an invited comment.
He added “I want to thank Victor Montagliani the president of the Canadian Soccer Association, Pierre Giroux and Wayne Forde for their collaboration in making this at all possible. I promised the Guyanese people that I will do all can to help elevate the game”
The GFF International Ambassador also thanked Minister within the Ministry of Education Nicolette Henry and Director of Sport Christopher Jones for their interest and support and “last but definitely not least Mr Joe Harmon as well. It’s amazing what can be done with collaboration and respect when we put our ego aside for betterment of our Country”.
Guyana is currently preparing for Caribbean Cup group action against Curaçao and US Virgin Islands in early June, which ultimately serves as part of their qualification route for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
The Canada Football Association in a release said game against Guyana serves as an important step in accumulating experience for some of the country’s young, exceptional players, all with an eye towards Canada’s Men’s National Team and the road to Russia 2018 and beyond.
Just last month, Canada Soccer’s Men’s U23 Programme produced a positive experience through an eight-day camp in Doncaster, England, with a squad of players born 1996 or later.
The camp featured two international tests against England, the latter a 2:1 win for Canada’s first-ever victory against an England’s men’s team.
Canada Soccer’s Men’s EXCEL Program channels our nation’s exceptional players into the best soccer environments. The Canada Soccer Pathway works in collaboration with our provincial and territory partners as well as the professional clubs and academies. For Canada’s elite players, the program emphasizes player development on the pathway to representing Canada’s Men’s National Team in international soccer.