Johnson announces 23-man squad for Brazil stint

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Golden Jaguars Head Coach Michael Johnson has announced a 23-man squad to participate in the ‘Train and Play’ stint in Brazil to be held from August 12 to 26, as Guyana seeks to build a foundation of excellence for the Senior Men’s National Team.

The squad, which consists of Guyana and international-based players from England, Canada and Trinidad and Tobago, includes three goalkeepers, eight defenders, six midfielders and six forwards.

Johnson, in an invited comment, said the camp will focus on both on-and-off-field activities, including developing a “winning mind-set and drive for excellence” among the players.

“With the Nations League and Gold Cup qualifiers on the horizon, the camp gives young players the opportunity to showcase their talents and their characteristics to the senior staff,” he said.

The experienced members of the squad will be looking to establish themselves as we focus on preparing the Golden Jaguars for September 8.

As Guyana look to qualify for their first CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2019, Technical Director Ian Greenwood said player assessment and instilling the new philosophy are primary elements of focus for this initial period of encampment.

With matches being played on the FIFA dates between September 2018 and March 2019, Guyana, after their clash with Barbados, will then travel to Turks and Caicos for a meeting between the two countries on October 13, followed by an encounter against French Guiana on November 20, before hosting Belize in March, 2019.

The squad:

Goalkeepers – Jason Cromwell, Jermaine Cumberbatch, Sese Norville.

Defenders: Raushan Ritch, Kester Jacobs, Kevin Layne, Jake Newton, Kevin Dundas, Jelani Smith, Samuel Cox, Cecil Jackman.

Forwards: Eon Alleyne, Daniel Wilson, Kelsey Benjamin, Delroy Fraser, Delon Lanferman, Sheldon Holder.

Midfielders: Delwin Fraser, Job Ceasar, Curtez Kellman, Anthony Benfield, Ryan Hackett, Vurlon Mills.

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