Golden Jaguars 18-man squad finalised for Suriname clash

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An 18-man Golden Jaguars squad has been announced to play the Suriname Senior Men’s National Team this Saturday as the Golden Jaguars wrap up their training matches before Guyana’s final Concacaf Nation’s League Qualifier against Belize on March 23.

The squad, while predominantly Guyana-based, includes two International-based players – Sheldon Holder and Walter Moor. Moore arrived in Guyana on Monday last. It includes two Goalkeepers, six Defenders, six Midfielders and four Forwards.

Guyana-based Assistant Coach Charles Pollard speaks to the criteria used to inform selection of the 18 shortlisted players.

“Selection was down to hard work. Over the eight weeks, the players have demonstrated dedication, willpower and good attitude towards the programme. Fitness was one of the key areas considered; they rose from an amateur level to an almost professional level in this regard. Tactical awareness was also another element considered, which is one of the areas there is still some work to be done in, but the players have been showing great improvement towards the playing philosophy.”

Saturday’s match, scheduled for the Pierkhan Stadium, Nickerie, Suriname from 16:30hrs or 15:30hrs (local time), will see the team playing a stronger opponent following previous training matches with Regional Member Associations teams and one from an elite club. Pollard said while the results is not the key focus, “an overall good performance will be required.”

The Golden Jaguars squad 

Among the technical squad are: Head Coach, Michael Johnson; Assistant Coach, Charles Pollard; Goalkeeper Coach, Eon De Veira; Team Doctor, Dr. Kojo Sandiford; Physiotherapist, Quacy Paddy; Head of Sports Science,Wilson Toledo; Head Of Recruitment, Faizal Khan; Team Operations Manager, Rawle Adams; Equipment Manager, Trevor Burnett and Assistant Equipment Manager, Levi Braithwaite.

The training matches are part of the preparation for Guyana’s final Concacaf Nations League qualifier against Belize at the National Track and Field Centre, Leonora.

Tickets for the match are being sold at $1500 at the following locations: Andrews Supermarket – Aubrey Barker Road, South Ruimveldt, The Guinness Bar – Durban Street, GT; West Indian Sports Complex, Robb Street; Nice Restaurante, Status Hotel, Croal Street, GT; Pegasus Hotel Guyana; KFC Outlets – Regent Street & Mandela Avenue; Dad’s Fish Shop (Den Amstel), Patsy Food Court And Bar, Linden Soesdyke Junction and The Fashion Box, Vendors Arcade, Bartica.

Fan jerseys are also available at the GFF Secretariat and the Guyana Pegasus at a cost of G $5,000. Match time is set for 18:30hrs. (An official GFF Release)

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