Guyana grouped with Jamaica for Concacaf Nations League


The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) on Wednesday night conducted the official draw for the 2019 Concacaf Nations League, at the Chelsea Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The gala event, which sub-divided the three Leagues into groups, featured remarks from Concacaf President Victor Montagliani.

Concacaf Chief Football Officer Manolo Zubiria conducted the draw alongside Concacaf Director of Development and former Grenada international footballer, Jason Roberts.

Guyana, who last weekend qualified for the Concacaf Gold Cup for the first time, will face Caribbean powerhouses Jamaica, Aruba and Antigua and Barbuda in their Group C matches of League B.

Jamaica is ranked sixth by Concacaf, but finished one spot behind the Golden Jaguars who defeated Belize 2-1 on Saturday to seal their spot. Jamaica was 2015 and 2017 Gold Cup finalist.

League B is the largest of all the groups, with 16 teams forming four groups of four in which the top team from each group will be promoted to League A.

League A features the top teams in the region, including all six teams who reached the final round of Concacaf World Cup Qualifying for Russia 2018: Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Honduras, United States and Trinidad and Tobago.

Meanwhile, the 2019 Gold Cup, which runs from June 15 – July 7, will be the biggest-ever edition of the event, with more participating nations (16 up from 12 in 2017), more host countries (three, including first-time matches in Costa Rica and a yet-to-be-named Caribbean nation), and more stadiums (17 up from 14 in 2017, eight of which are in contention to become 2026 FIFA World Cup venues).

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