Forde urges Golden Jaguars players to showcase talent, respect customs of Saudi Arabia


Guyana Football Federation (GFF) President Wayne Forde on Friday afternoon met with the Golden Jaguars team travelling to Saudi Arabia to take part in the inaugural FIFA Series to wish them well.

At the March 15 brief meeting at the Federation’s headquarters in Georgetown, the top football official also took the moment to reinforce the importance of abiding by the regulations of the Middle Eastern nation and tournament.

He encouraged players to seize the opportunity “to show the world the level of talent we have in Guyana, while being respectful of the customs of the host nation.”

Head Coach Jamaal Shabazz echoed the importance of maintaining focus throughout the tournament and “staying focused throughout the competition because you are representing Guyana on an international stage.”

President of the GFF Wayne Forde addressing members of the local contingent (Photo: News Room/March 15, 2024)

The Golden Jaguars will play two international friendlies in the Middle East country, with the first showdown set for March 21 against Cabo Verde (Cape Verde). This will be followed by another match on March 26, facing off against Cambodia.

The historic matches are scheduled to take place in the Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal Stadium in Jeddah.

Introduced in 2023, this groundbreaking initiative paves the way for international friendlies every other year across all six confederations.

It offers national players a prestigious global stage to exhibit their talents. Guyana is grouped with Cabo Verde, Cambodia, and Equatorial Guinea.

This worldwide competition features 20 FIFA member associations battling it out across multiple venues in Algeria, Azerbaijan, Saudi Arabia, and Sri Lanka from March 18 to 26.

The GFF urges fans to rally behind the Golden Jaguars. (GFF)

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