September 26, 2016

“Our ambition is for GFC to be the 1st Professional Club in Guyana” – Faizal Khan

By Akeem Greene

Manager of the Georgetown Football Club (GFC) Elite team, Faizal Khan revealed that the aim of the club is to become the first professional club in Guyana.

Faizal Khan

Faizal Khan

In speaking to Guyana Times Sport Khan said “our ambition is for GFC to be the first professional club in Guyana; Alpha has a professional team already, we want to be the first professional club and we are working towards that in the next four to five years”.

GFC in their matches to date has shown some spirited performances especially with their new signings.

GFC in their matches to date has shown some spirited performances especially with their new signings.

Khan’s comments came at the heels of a discussion centred on the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Stag Elite League.
When questioned on how GFC is able to sustain itself in the league with such an expansive support staff.
He explained that “It’s a huge financial resource on our club, at the moment it’s all donations from members.
“We have some great interest from corporate Guyana which we are being very strategic about as GFC are in a bit of a different position as we own a ground in the middle of the town so our cost are higher… so we want to make sure the sponsors who come on are not just helping us with the team but helping us run the club more efficiently”.
“Underdog Tag”
At the end of the League Genesis, GFC finished in the penultimate position with just three wins from 14 matches; eight losses and three draws. As such, some pundits of the sport have labeled them as the underdogs but can be a “dark horse” to some of the top clubs in the league.
In response to this notion Khan said “It is important to remember that GFC drew with Slingerz and Alpha last time; we don’t really consider anybody a big team in the league; anybody can beat anybody and get points from anybody”.
As such, he quickly emphasised the importance of having home matches, stating that “we were only beaten once at home and I would be urging the league to allow more teams to play more games at home, because of the fact that when GFC played in our registered home, we were able to pull some good crowds and fans made the difference with the players”.
Philosophy of Youth
“What we did in the League Genesis was that we gave a lot of our talented young players’ maximum opportunity to play, win, lose or draw, we always went with that philosophy”, the manager posited.
In the first half of the league, the Bourda base club sported arguably the youngest starting eleven in various matches.
“The view was that there was no relegation  this year and we try to get a lot of talented under-17s and under-20s match time and I think it was a good exercise” he added.
Khan highlighted the fact that “players like Cortez Kellman who was a standout player for us in the first half of the league at just 17-years old; Lynden Dorway at 16-years old at left-back started eight games; forward Romario Welcome scored some important goals for us and other youngsters have really matured and the Elite League has turned them from boys to men”.
However, for the League Finale, the club has made some new additions, in signing three African born players Chimda David Ndagwakwa, Yaaseen Mangera and Kenneth Oparaemetuche; left-back Jamal Gibbs is also a new addition.
When quizzed on his overall assessment of the league he said “I think it’s the fantastic performance that those of us watched when the Golden Jaguars played Suriname; the one and two touch football Guyana were able to play, the fitness of players, is a direct result of a competitive regular National League; so far the Elite League is the best thing that ever happened to Guyana and it must continue”. (akeemg@guyanatimesgy.com)

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