Guyana national football team

The Guyana national football team, nicknamed the Golden Jaguars, represents Guyana in international football and is controlled by the Guyana Football Federation. It is one of three South American nations to be a member of the Caribbean Football Union of CONCACAF alongside Suriname and French Guiana. Until the independence of Guyana in 1966, it competed as British Guiana. They qualified for the Caribbean Nations Cup in 1991, coming fourth, and in 2007. Guyana has never qualified for the FIFA World Cup, but on 23 March 2019 they qualified for the first time for the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Guyana
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Golden Jaguars
AssociationGuyana Football Federation
ConfederationCONCACAF (North America)
Sub-confederationCFU (Caribbean)
Head coachJamaal Shabazz
CaptainTrayon Bobb
Most capsWalter Moore (77)
Top scorerNigel Codrington (18)
Home stadiumProvidence Stadium
FIFA codeGUY
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 174 Increase 1 (31 March 2022)[1]
Highest86 (November 2010)
Lowest185 (February 2004)
First international
 British Guiana 1–4 Trinidad and Tobago 
(British Guiana; 21 July 1905)[2]
Biggest win
 Guyana 14–0 Anguilla 
(St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda; 16 April 1998)
Biggest defeat
 Guyana 0–9 Mexico 
(Santa Ana, United States; 2 December 1987)
Netherlands Surinam 9–0 British Guiana 
(Netherlands Antilles; 17 February 1952)
Netherlands Surinam 9–0 British Guiana 
(Aruba; 9 February 1953)
Gold Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2019)
Best resultGroup stage (2019)

HistoryEdit

British Guiana (1905–59)Edit

Guyana (as British Guiana) played its first international football match on 21 July 1905, a 4–1 defeat against nearby and fellow British colony Trinidad and Tobago. Their next recorded game came almost 16 years later on 28 January 1921, an away 2–1 win against its neighbour Suriname. The two played again in Suriname on 27 August 1923, and on that occasion the hosts won 2–1. British Guiana did not play another match until 1937, when they lost two matches against Trinidad and Tobago in Suriname: 3–0 and 3–2. After seven years without a match, British Guiana entered a three-team tournament in Trinidad & Tobago against its national side and Barbados. They won twice against Barbados (1–0 and 3–0) before drawing 1–1 and losing 3–0 to Trinidad and Tobago. In the final of this Trinagular tournament they again lost 3–0 to Trinidad and Tobago.

In November 1947 British Guiana played in a Standard Life tournament in Trinidad and Tobago. They beat the hosts 2–1 in their opening game on 5 November before beating Jamaica 2–0 the very next day. On 10 November they drew 0–0 with Jamaica before losing 2–0 to Trinidad and Tobago in the last game on 14 November.

British Guiana played its first home games in 1950 against Trinidad and Tobago: these were British Guiana's first matches since the Standard Life tournament. British Guiana lost 1–0 and 4–1 before winning 1–0. The last match played under the name British Guiana was the next match on 2 March 1959 – a 2–2 draw against Trinidad and Tobago.[4]

GuyanaEdit

After independence in 1966, Guyana did not play a match for five years. Their first fixtures under their new name were qualifiers for the 1971 CONCACAF Championship against Suriname. The first match, away, was lost 4–1 and the home match on 21 September 1971 was lost 3–2 as Suriname advanced 7–3 on aggregate. In 1976 Guyana entered its first ever World Cup qualification campaign with the aim of reaching the 1978 FIFA World Cup in Argentina. Guyana and Suriname were drawn in a two-legged preliminary in the Caribbean section of CONCACAF qualification and Guyana won the first leg 2–0 at home on 4 July 1976. The second leg in Paramaribo was lost 3–0 which allowed Suriname to advance.[4]

2006Edit

Guyana had a remarkable calendar year in 2006, with eleven successive wins, including five CONCACAF Gold Cup qualifiers[5] These results boosted Guyana's spot in the FIFA World Rankings by 87 spots in little over a year. As a consequence, the team rose to the top 12 in CONCACAF and were in the third rank of seeds in the World Cup qualifying draw.

Caribbean Nations Cup 2007Edit

At the 2006–07 Caribbean Nations Cup, Guyana finished top of Group A in Stage One, then top of Group H in Stage Two (which they hosted), and finished 3rd in the Bobby Sookram Group, missing out on a semi-final berth on goal difference alone. Had Guyana reached the semi-finals, they would have qualified for the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

2014 World Cup qualifyingEdit

With the return of international coach Jamaal Shabazz, Guyana finished top of a group containing Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and Bermuda to reach the third round of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. They qualified with one game to go with a 2–1 home win against Trinidad and Tobago on 11 November 2011.

Guyana organised friendly matches against Columbia, Bolivia, Jamaica and Panama for the first team. In the third round group, they finished last, behind Mexico, Costa Rica and El Salvador, with one point from their six matches.

Lack of football 2013/14Edit

From November 2012 to October 2014 Guyana did not play a single international fixture. This amongst other factors led to FIFA stepping in and removing the GFF executive at the end of 2014.[6]

2015 and 2016 return of the Golden JaguarsEdit

With FIFA stepping into Guyana once again, a FIFA Normalisation Committee was installed to regularise football in Guyana. With this came the search for a National Team Head Coach with Jamaal Shabazz reinstalled initially for one game versus Barbados in Jan 2015. As Guyana had lost many first team players to retirement since 2012, the squad was a new younger group with major gaps in the goalkeeper and defensive areas.

However a 2-2 draw with Barbados was enough for Shabazz and his staff, consisting of assistant coach Wayne Wiggy Dover, Operations Manager Mark Xavier, Team Manager Faizal Khan, Kit Man Trevor Burnett, GoalKeeper Coach Andrew Hazell, Physical Trainer Anson Ambrose, Medical Officer Denzil Hernandez.

Results and fixturesEdit

The list below displays match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future scheduled matches

  Win   Draw   Loss

2021Edit

4 June WC 1st Round Qualifying Saint Kitts and Nevis   3–0   Guyana Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis
16:00 UTC−4
  • Freeman   9' (pen.), 36'
  • Sawyers   67'
Report Stadium: Warner Park
Referee: Ricangel de Leça (Aruba)
8 June WC 1st Round Qualifying Guyana   0–2   Puerto Rico Georgetown, Guyana
16:00 UTC−4 Report
Stadium: Georgetown Football Stadium
Referee: Ismael Cornejo Meléndez (El Salvador)
28 June Friendly Guyana   1–0   Bermuda Fort Lauderdale, United States
3 July CONCACAF Gold Cup qualifying Guatemala   4–0   Guyana Fort Lauderdale, United States
21:30
Report Stadium: DRV PNK Stadium
Referee: Juan Gabriel Calderón (Costa Rica)

2022Edit

30 January Friendly Guyana   Suspended   Barbados Paramaribo, Suriname
Stadium: Frank Essed Stadion
Note: The match was abandoned in the 33rd minute, following four Barbados players confirmed positive COVID-19.
1 February Friendly Suriname   2–1   Guyana Paramaribo, Suriname
20:00 UTC−3
Report
Stadium: Frank Essed Stadion
Referee: Shaquille Jokil (Guyana)
27 March Friendly Guyana   5–0   Barbados Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
19:00 UTC−4
Report Stadium: Hasely Crawford Stadium
Referee: Kwinsi Williams (Trinidad and Tobago)
29 March Friendly Trinidad and Tobago   1–1   Guyana Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
19:00 UTC−4
Report
Stadium: Hasely Crawford Stadium
Referee: Crystal Sobers (Trinidad and Tobago)
4 June Nations League Montserrat   v   Guyana Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
19:30 UTC−4 Stadium: Estadio Olímpico Félix Sánchez
14 June Nations League Haiti   v   Guyana Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
18:00 UTC−4 Stadium: Estadio Olímpico Félix Sánchez

2023Edit

25 March Nations League Bermuda   v   Guyana Bermuda
28 March Nations League Guyana   v   Montserrat Guyana

Coaching staffEdit

As of 18 September 2021

Head Coach   Jamaal Shabazz
Assistant Coach   Charles Pollard
Strength & Conditioning Coach   Dylan Palmer
Team Manager   Rawle Adams
Goalkeeping Coach   Eon DeVeira
Kitman   Trevor Burnett
Head Scout   Faizal Khan[7]
GFF President   Wayne Forde[8]
Technical Director   Ian Greenwood[9]

Coaching historyEdit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the Courts Caribbean Classic friendly tournament matches against Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago on 27 and 29 March 2022.[10]

Caps and goals are correct as of 1 February 2022, after the match against Suriname.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Akel Clarke (1988-10-25) 25 October 1988 (age 33) 17 0   Mount Pleasant
18 1GK Ronaldo Blair (2003-09-13) 13 September 2003 (age 18) 0 0   Santos

8 2DF Sam Cox (1990-10-10) 10 October 1990 (age 31) 26 0   Hampton & Richmond Borough
3 2DF Kevin Layne (1998-01-01) 1 January 1998 (age 24) 9 0   Mount Pleasant
5 2DF Shemar Fraser (1998-06-03) 3 June 1998 (age 23) 2 0   Police
4 2DF Jeremy Garrett (2000-01-01) 1 January 2000 (age 22) 1 0   Guyana Defence Force
15 2DF Marcus Wilson (2002-04-19) 19 April 2002 (age 20) 1 0   Western Tigers
19 2DF Quincy Adams (1989-01-07) 7 January 1989 (age 33) 0 0   Western Tigers

23 3MF Daniel Wilson (captain) (1993-11-01) 1 November 1993 (age 28) 40 1   Western Tigers
9 3MF Clive Nobrega (1993-11-01) 1 November 1993 (age 28) 18 0   Eagles United
16 3MF Neil Danns (1982-11-23) 23 November 1982 (age 39) 17 9   Macclesfield
7 3MF Jobe Caesar (1999-01-01) 1 January 1999 (age 23) 6 0   Guyana Defence Force
6 3MF Nathan Moriah-Welsh (2002-03-18) 18 March 2002 (age 20) 4 0   Bournemouth
2 3MF Leo Lovell (1996-12-06) 6 December 1996 (age 25) 2 0   Den Amstel
21 3MF Javier George (2001-01-27) 27 January 2001 (age 21) 2 0   York United

20 4FW Trayon Bobb (1993-01-05) 5 January 1993 (age 29) 42 11   Western Tigers
11 4FW Kelsey Benjamin (1999-05-08) 8 May 1999 (age 23) 13 1   Guyana Defence Force
12 4FW Pernell Schultz (1994-04-07) 7 April 1994 (age 28) 9 2   Police
10 4FW Omari Glasgow (2003-11-22) 22 November 2003 (age 18) 6 1   Fruta Conquerors
17 4FW Terell Ondaan (1993-09-09) 9 September 1993 (age 28) 4 0   FC U Craiova 1948
13 4FW Jamal Pereira (1988-03-09) 9 March 1988 (age 34) 1 0   Den Amstel
14 4FW Jamanine Beckles 0 0   Santos

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have been called up within the past year.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Alex Murray (1992-10-21) 21 October 1992 (age 29) 5 0   Santos vs.   Barbados, 27 March 2022
GK Sese Norville (2000-08-05) 5 August 2000 (age 21) 2 0   Milerock vs.   Barbados, 27 March 2022 PRE
GK Kai McKenzie-Lyle (1997-11-30) 30 November 1997 (age 24) 9 1   Cambridge United vs.   Guatemala, 3 July 2021
GK Shawn Adonis (2002-05-14) 14 May 2002 (age 20) 0 0   Police vs.   Guatemala, 3 July 2021
GK Quillan Roberts (1994-09-13) 13 September 1994 (age 27) 3 0   Electric City FC vs.   Guatemala, 3 July 2021 PRE

DF Kevin Dundas (1996-03-16) 16 March 1996 (age 26) 2 0   Santos vs.   Barbados, 27 March 2022 PRE
DF Colin Nelson (1991-08-09) 9 August 1991 (age 30) 31 1   Defence Force vs.   Suriname, 1 February 2022
DF Jordan Dover (1994-12-14) 14 December 1994 (age 27) 4 0   Simcoe County Rovers FC vs.   Suriname, 1 February 2022
DF Nicolai Andrews (2002-11-03) 3 November 2002 (age 19) 4 0   Santos vs.   Suriname, 1 February 2022
DF Bevan Baker (1999-07-29) 29 July 1999 (age 22) 1 0 Unattached vs.   Suriname, 1 February 2022
DF Thevron Pluck (2001-01-11) 11 January 2001 (age 21) 0 0 Unattached vs.   Suriname, 1 February 2022
DF Matthew Briggs (1991-03-06) 6 March 1991 (age 31) 15 1   Gosport Borough vs.   Guatemala, 3 July 2021
DF Liam Gordon (1999-05-15) 15 May 1999 (age 22) 7 0   Bolton Wanderers vs.   Guatemala, 3 July 2021
DF Reiss Greenidge (1996-02-08) 8 February 1996 (age 26) 1 0   Barnet vs.   Guatemala, 3 July 2021
DF Terence Vancooten (1997-12-29) 29 December 1997 (age 24) 16 1   Stevenage vs.   Guatemala, 3 July 2021

MF Ryan Hackett (1999-09-11) 11 September 1999 (age 22) 0 0   Guyana Defence Force vs.   Barbados, 27 March 2022
MF Darren Niles (2003-05-03) 3 May 2003 (age 19) 1 0   Santos vs.   Barbados, 27 March 2022 PRE
MF Jamar Harrigan (2002-04-06) 6 April 2002 (age 20) 0 0   Buxton United vs.   Barbados, 27 March 2022 PRE
MF Curtez Kellman (1998-03-06) 6 March 1998 (age 24) 1 0   Daytona State College vs.   Guatemala, 3 July 2021
MF Stephen Duke-McKenna (2000-08-17) 17 August 2000 (age 21) 8 0   Queens Park Rangers vs.   Guatemala, 3 July 2021
MF Callum Harriott (1994-03-04) 4 March 1994 (age 28) 9 1 Free agent vs.   Guatemala, 3 July 2021 PRE

FW Nicholas McArthur (2001-12-21) 21 December 2001 (age 20) 4 0   Portmore United vs.   Suriname, 1 February 2022
FW Chris Macey (1999-12-16) 16 December 1999 (age 22) 1 0   Guyana Defence Force vs.   Suriname, 1 February 2022
FW Connor Kurran-Browne (2002-01-26) 26 January 2002 (age 20) 1 0   Bournemouth vs.   Guatemala, 3 July 2021
FW Keanu Marsh-Brown (1992-08-10) 10 August 1992 (age 29) 16 1   East Riffa vs.   Guatemala, 3 July 2021
FW Sheldon Holder (1991-09-30) 30 September 1991 (age 30) 34 9   Caledonia AIA vs.   Guatemala, 3 July 2021
FW Emery Welshman (1991-11-09) 9 November 1991 (age 30) 22 10   Forge FC vs.   Guatemala, 3 July 2021


INJ Withdrew due to injury.
PRE Preliminary squad.
RET Retired from the national team.
WD Withdrew for personal reasons.

Player recordsEdit

As of 30 March 2021
Players in bold are still active with Guyana.

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D* L GF GA
  1930 Part of   United Kingdom Part of   United Kingdom
  1934
  1938
  1950
  1954
  1958
  1962
  1966
  1970 Did not enter Declined participation
  1974
  1978 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 2 3
  1982 6 2 0 4 8 13
  1986 2 0 1 1 1 2
  1990 2 0 0 2 0 5
  1994 2 0 1 1 2 3
  1998 2 0 0 2 1 8
    2002 Suspended by FIFA Suspended by FIFA
  2006 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 1 8
  2010 2 0 0 2 1 3
  2014 12 4 2 6 14 30
  2018 2 0 2 0 6 6
  2022 4 1 0 3 4 8
      2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/22 38 8 6 24 40 89

CONCACAF Gold CupEdit

CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad
  1963 Did not enter
  1965
  1967
  1969
  1971
  1973
  1977
  1981
1985
1989
  1991 Did not qualify
    1993
  1996
  1998 Did not enter
  2000 Did not qualify
  2002
    2003
  2005 Withdrew
  2007 Did not qualify
  2009
  2011
  2013
    2015
  2017
      2019 Group stage 13th 3 0 1 2 3 9 Squad
  2021 Did not qualify
Total Group stage 1/26 3 0 1 2 3 9

CONCACAF Nations LeagueEdit

CONCACAF Nations League record
Season Division Group Pld W D* L GF GA P/R RK
  2019−20 B C 6 3 1 2 12 10   18th
  2022–23 B B To be determined
Total 6 3 1 2 12 10 18th

Caribbean CupEdit

CFU Championship & Caribbean Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1978 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 1 4
  1979 Did not enter Did not enter
  1981
  1983 Did not qualify 4 1 2 1 3 5
  1985 2 1 1 0 1 1
  1988 2 0 0 2 0 5
  1989 Did not enter Did not enter
  1990 Did not qualify 3 0 2 1 1 6
  1991 Fourth place 4th 4 1 0 3 4 14 2 1 1 0 5 1
  1992 Did not qualify 3 1 1 1 4 5
  1993 3 1 0 2 3 7
  1994 2 0 0 2 1 4
    1995 2 0 0 2 0 7
  1996 2 1 0 1 3 3
    1997 4 1 1 2 5 9
    1998 3 1 1 1 17 4
  1999 2 0 1 1 2 4
  2001 3 2 0 1 4 3
  2005 Withdrew Withdrew
  2007 Group stage 5th 3 1 1 1 4 5 6 6 0 0 24 2
  2008 Did not qualify 5 1 3 1 7 5
  2010 Group stage 8th 3 0 1 2 1 6 6 4 1 1 9 4
  2012 Did not qualify 6 3 0 3 11 9
  2014 3 0 1 2 0 4
  2017 6 3 0 3 21 12
Total Fourth place 3/25 10 2 2 6 9 25 71 27 15 29 122 104

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 31 March 2022. Retrieved 31 March 2022.
  2. ^ "Trinidad and Tobago – List of International Matches". Rsssf.com.
  3. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 3 May 2022. Retrieved 3 May 2022.
  4. ^ a b "Guyana – List of International Matches". Rsssf.com. Rec.Sport Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 2 December 2011.
  5. ^ "Guyana: Fixtures and Results". FIFA. Archived from the original on 30 June 2007. Retrieved 16 July 2010.
  6. ^ "A brief history of football in Guyana". Worldsoccer.com. 20 September 2014.
  7. ^ "Staff –Nurse among overseas trio to join squad". Guyana Times. Archived from the original on 21 February 2015. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  8. ^ [1][dead link]
  9. ^ "GFF APPOINTS TECHNICAL DIRECTOR". Gffonlione.com. 5 September 2016.
  10. ^ "23-man Golden Jaguars squad confirmed for Courts Caribbean Classic". News Room Guyana. 23 March 2022.

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