September 28, 2016

Golden Jaguars tackle Anguilla tonight at Providence

… “we are hungry for success” – Shabazz

By Akeem Greene

The road to glory in the 2016 ScotiaBank Men’s Caribbean Cup Championship begins tonight at the National Stadium, Providence when Guyana’s National Football team, the Golden Jaguars taking on Anguilla in their first match.

The Golden Jaguars aim to win their first game against Anguilla to start their campaign on the right foot

The Golden Jaguars aim to win their first game against Anguilla to start their campaign on the right foot

Co-coach of the team Jamaal Shabazz explained that they are hungry for success as this match is far more than it seems as an excellent showing here can see the team qualifying for the Gold Cup.

From left: Anguilla’s captain Kevin Hawley, Head Coach Leon Jeffers, Team manager Nigel Linton, Jamaal Shabazz, Wayne Dover, Gregory Richardson and Christopher Nurse

From left: Anguilla’s captain Kevin Hawley, Head Coach Leon Jeffers, Team manager Nigel Linton, Jamaal Shabazz, Wayne Dover, Gregory Richardson and Christopher Nurse

“For us, we are hungry for success because we know we have the potential and talent and we want to be in the gold cup because we have some of the best players in CONCACAF; so this is very important for us and this first game against Anguilla our lives depend on it, our careers depend on it, because we want to go to the next level”, Shabazz explained.
He added We have set a specific criteria in terms of players playing, playing being active…the ability to confirm to tactics and the ability to  integrate in the team off the field and that has not eased enough how difficult it”
With the advent of the Stag Elite League, there are more locally based players, pressing for a space in the final squad and the coach explained that reaching the final squad was extremely difficult.
“At least 63.6% of the starting 11 will be players out of the Stag elite league…this speaks volumes by the work that has been done by the local coaches and it’s so different when you have a league and the players are playing week in and week out, so these players come in at a level, comparable to the players from overseas” he further explained.
Co – Coach of the Jaguars, Wayne Dover explained that the side contains several players who can ignite the Stadium come tomorrow night.
Dover said, “we can light up the match tomorrow where the fans will benefit immensely and we want them to know that tomorrow’s game is more about qualifying and giving them the results that are needed for them to be happy”
The last time these two sides meet, the Jaguars decimated the Anguillans with a 14-0 score line, but co-captain Christopher Nurse warned of taking the visitors lightly.
“A lot of people might look back at the last time Guyana played Anguilla and a lot of people will look back at the results and try to compare what the result possibly might be; in terms of preparation we have been thorough”, Nurse revealed.
Guyana is placed in group 5 along Puerto Rico and Anguilla. Actions kick-offs at 19:00h.

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