Guyana-Brazil partner for football development


Following a visit to Brazil earlier this month by President of Guyana’s Football Federation (GFF), Wayne Forde, several projects will soon be implemented which is expected to significantly boost local football.

The Guyana Football Federation Elite League will benefit from significant capacity building partnerships after Forde met with Presidents of Vasco da Gama and Botafogo FR football clubs.

This initiative will see the introduction of an elite referees’ programme, a player exchange programme and the recruitment of a Coach Instructor to build capacity among the elite coaches and coaches across the country.

“Over the couple of weeks, we will be formalizing some relationships that will see an elite referees programme being introduced, which is a key programme I’d like to commence,” said Forde following his trip.

The programme will see referees’ courses being offered to both males and females, exchange programmes, and local match officials’ exposure to professional football in Brazil.

According to Forde, “We will also see a player exchange programme; we are looking at bringing players at the developmental/transitional level in some of the professional clubs and maybe some of the lower divisions to play within the Elite League and taking some of our U20 players to the Brazilian clubs.

“I’m trying to get as many as 30 U20 players into Brazil. The goal is to get around thirty U20 Guyanese players playing in Brazil first and foremost, and secondly bringing good Brazilian talent and professionalism into the training and playing set up of the Elite League.”

News Room understands that the GFF will be hiring a Brazilian Coaching Education Instructor to work with the Coaches within the Elite League and other Coaches around the country.

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