Guyana will participate in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Caribbean Men’s Cup scheduled for March 2016 to May 2017. Guyana has been placed in Group Five of seven, and countries in the group include Anguilla and Puerto Rico.
Guyana’s first match will be played against Anguilla on March 23 at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence, at 19:00h. The second will be played against Puerto Rico in Puerto Rico on March 29.
Anguilla will then play Puerto Rico on March 26 at the Raymond E, Guishard Technical Centre in Anguilla.
National Head Coach, Jamaal Shabazz said there are no more easy teams in football. Speaking about the CFU draw that pits Guyana against Anguilla and Puerto Rico, he said, “There are no more push-overs in international football. The ball is round and the field is rectangular for everyone. How well we prepare is critical. The ability to get the Federation, the staff, the players and the fans to sing the same song from the same book is vital.”
Shabazz intends to have a five-day camp before the games against Anguilla and Puerto and will also hold one session a week with the main core of locally-based players.
Round One will be played from March 21-29; Round Two on May 15-21; Round Three on October 3-11; the Fifth Place Playoff on November 7-15; and the finals scheduled for May 2017.
Among the other teams participating in the tournament are Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, St Kitts and Nevis, Grenada, St Maarten, United States Virgin Islands, Cuba, Bermuda, French Guiana, Barbados, Curacao, Guadeloupe, Suriname, Martinique, British Virgin Islands and Dominica. Games will be played in 21 countries.