GOLD CUP: Capelli Sport to outfit Golden Jaguars
By Avenash Ramzan
The Guyana Football Federation (GFF) has collaborated with Capelli Sport to design and supply the kit for Guyana’s senior national Men’s team, the Golden Jaguars, in the upcoming Concacaf Gold Cup.
The outfits and other Capelli Sport products were on display on the sidelines of the FIFA Conference on Development, currently ongoing at the Marriott Hotel, Georgetown.
Guyana qualified for its maiden Gold Cup earlier this year by toppling Belize in the final round of the Concacaf Nations League at the National Track and Field Centre, Leonora.
At the Gold Cup draw in Los Angeles in early April, the Jaguars were drawn in Group D, alongside the United States of America, Trinidad and Tobago and Panama.
Guyana will play the USA on June 18 in Minneapolis, Panama on June 22 in Cleveland and Trinidad and Tobago in Kansas City on June 26.
Speaking briefly with media operatives this week, GFF President Wayne Forde said the Federation is working to formalise the final agreement with Capelli Sport.
“But no doubt there is a commitment on both parts for an agreement; we will announce some of the key details once the dotted lines are signed off,” Forde indicated.
“We believe we’ve been able to establish a remarkable working relationship with Capelli Sport. The fact that they’re displaying some of their products and interacting with some of the other (FIFA) members and engaging with the local football fraternity is a demonstration of their commitment to working with the Guyana Football Federation.”
Forde continued: “At the heart of our discussion has been where we are as a federation and the support we need to grow our football from- the grassroots level all the way up to the senior team. So we’re very pleased so far with the engagements we’ve been having with Capelli Sport and we look forward to a fruitful couple of years.”
With regards the Golden Jaguars’ preparations for the highly anticipated Gold Cup, Forde confirmed that one international game has already been finalised.
“One of the country that we’re likely to be playing for the second international game is here (for the FIFA Conference) so we will be having those discussions on the margins of the Conference. The preparation plan, as it is, sees us doing a camp in New Jersey, flying to another country- I won’t mention that (country)- playing a game, and then from that country to Minneapolis,” Forde explained.
“We’ve abandoned the idea of doing the home camp because we couldn’t find a worthy opponent that is willing to absorb the cost to travel all this way for a game. It’s a demanding travel budget for all the countries in the Concacaf confederation, so everyone is being very discipline in how they spend that money.”