The Stag Elite League is currently in the Finale phase
By Akeem Greene
Alpha’s United attacking midfielder Daniel Wilson views the Guyana Football Federation’s (GFF) Stag Elite League as an avenue to develop local players who have aspirations of playing for the senior national Men’s team, the Golden Jaguars.
The lanky Wilson in an interview with Guyana Times Sport said, “It [Elite League] would develop the team [Golden Jaguars] as a lot of local players will be a part of it [League] and a lot of these locals are crying out for a chance and this league will help them. But it’s not just the league has to help them, but they have to help themselves also.”
The Golden Jaguars player, who has been playing for one of the country’s premier football club for four years, believes the League to date has been successful.
“So far the league has been a successful league thus far, as players have shown their talents and skills that they need to be in the national programme, but for me it’s a good league and it will just get better,” Wilson stated.
The 22-year old, who is also a National Under-23 player, and has scored two goals for the Golden Jaguars in 20-plus appearances, revealed that his love for the game comes from having a strong football-oriented family.
“I grew up in a football family; my cousin is the coach (Wayne Dover), also Anthony Abrams, a lot others and it gave me the courage to be a part of football,” Wilson divulged.
He added that his favourite players are the likes of Manchester City’s Yaya Toure and Germany’s Toni Kross. When the conversation returned to his club’s performance in the League to date, he disclosed that it has not gone according to plan.
“It was not a successful one for us as we plan to win the first phase; so it is not going according to plan but we are working to improve,” the footballer explained.
In the first half of the League, Alpha finished third on the points table, just two points adrift from the top placed team.
However, in the League Finale, they have struggled, winning just four of their eight matches to date, to go with two losses and a similar number of draws.
The mixed results have them placed in third place on 14 points, but this time, they trail the number one team by 10 points with only six matches to go.
Wilson, who in November 2105, attended a tryout with Major League Soccer (MLS) club Sporting Kansas City, scored five goals in the League Genesis and one so far in the ongoing League Finale. He said the goal is still to help his team to win and qualify for the Caribbean Football Union’s Club Championship. (firstname.lastname@example.org)