Dover pleased with U-20s performance; Benfield is new Assistant Coach
Head Coach of the National Under-20 Men’s team, Wayne Dover, said he is pleased with the overall performance of the team during their preparatory period as some members of the team departed on Tuesday for Nicaragua, host nation of the Concacaf U-20 Men’s Qualifiers.
The staff and a few other players will depart on Wednesday. The team played four training matches; three against the Guyana-based Senior Men’s National Team and one against River Views FC from Region Seven.
Dover said the objectives of the training matches were achieved as the team was exposed to some competitive fixtures.
“The performance of the team was commendable in the matches played. We saw the implementation of many areas worked on and also saw areas which needed more attention. After each game, we fixed some of the problems identified. The toughest opponent was definitely the senior team. They played against us as if it were the final Gold Cup Qualifying game that they need to win. That was the kind of test needed to make a proper assessment of the team.”
Meanwhile, Development Coach and National Midfielder Anthony Benfield has been assigned as Assistant Coach following a motorcycle accident injury to Calvin Allen.
“Coach Allen, who has initially been named as Assistant Coach, has had an unfortunate motor-cycle accident, which has incapacitated him and, under the medical practitioner’s advice, has been required to rest. Benfield, who has been with the team, is knowledgeable and capable to function in the post he has now been assigned.”
A 20-man squad will represent Guyana at the Concacaf U-20 Men’s Qualifiers in Nicaragua from February 15-23, 2020. Guyana has been placed in Group A with St. Vincent and The Grenadines, Montserrat, US Virgin Islands and host Nicaragua.
The match schedule is as follows:
Match One: 15th February at 17:30h – Guyana vs Montserrat
Match Two: 17th February at 17:30h – St. Vincent and The Grenadines vs Guyana
Match Three: 21st February at 20:30h – US Virgin Islands vs Guyana
Match Four: 23rd February at 20:30h – Nicaragua vs Guyana
Below is the complete squad of players and officials