Guyana national football team

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Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Golden Jaguars
Association Guyana Football Federation
Sub-confederation CFU (Caribbean)
Confederation CONCACAF
(North America)
Head coach Jamaal Shabazz
Top scorer Nigel Codrington (18)
Home stadium Providence Stadium
FIFA ranking 163 Decrease 8 (7 May 2015)
Highest FIFA ranking 86 (17 November 2010)
Lowest FIFA ranking 185 (18 February 2004)
Elo ranking 135
Highest Elo ranking 86 (April 1980)
Lowest Elo ranking 183 (April 1996)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 British Guiana 1–4 Trinidad and Tobago 
(British Guiana; 21 July 1905)[1]
Biggest win
 Guyana 14–0 Anguilla 
(St. John's, A&B; 16 April 1998)
Biggest defeat
 Mexico 9–0 Guyana 
(Santa Ana, United States; 2 December 1987)

The Guyana national football team, nicknamed the Golden Jaguars, is the national team of Guyana 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 CONCACAF Gold Cup or the FIFA World Cup.


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 Surinam. The two played again in Surinam 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 Surinam: 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.[2]


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 Surinam 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 Surinam to advance.[2]


Guyana had a remarkable calendar year 2006, with eleven successive wins, including five CONCACAF Gold Cup qualifiers[3] 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 2007[edit]

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 Qualifying[edit]

In 2011 the second round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers saw Guyana grouped alongside a strong Barbados side, Bermuda, and Trinidad and Tobago, the undisputed favourites of the group containing talented players such as Kenwyne Jones in the line-up. Yet Guyana managed to top the group and qualify for the CONCACAF semi-finals of World Cup qualifying for the first time in their history. This saw them drawn with Mexico, Costa Rica and El Salvador, and their first group game was against Mexico at the famous Azteca Arena, where Guyana lost 3-1 in June 2012. A 2-2 draw against El Salvador was the only point Guyana managed to gain in the group, but the performances during the games against tough opposition suggested there was lots of potential for the future within the team.

Recent lack of football[edit]

From November 2012 to October 2014 Guyana failed to play a competitive game of football due to off-field problems.[4]

Current squad[edit]

The following players featured in the friendly games against St Lucia and Grenada in March 2015:

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Akel Clarke (1988-10-25) 25 October 1988 (age 26) 2 0 Trinidad and Tobago Central FC
1GK Derrick Carter (1982-09-16) 16 September 1982 (age 32) 0 0 Guyana Western Tigers FC
2DF Matthew Briggs (1991-03-06) 6 March 1991 (age 24) 1 0 England Millwall FC
5 2DF Walter Moore (1984-09-01) 1 September 1984 (age 30) 67 5 Finland FF Jaro
2DF Jamaal Smith (1988-03-24) 24 March 1988 (age 27) 7 0 Canada Vaughan Azzurri
2DF Colin Nelson (1991-08-09) 9 August 1991 (age 23) 0 0 Guyana Slingerz
2DF Joshua Brown (1993-11-04) 4 November 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Guyana Slingerz
3MF Trayon Bobb (1993-11-05) 5 November 1993 (age 21) 20 2 Finland TP-47
3MF Daniel Wilson (1993-11-01) 1 November 1993 (age 21) 12 1 Guyana Alpha United
3MF Chris Nurse (C) (1984-05-07) 7 May 1984 (age 31) 47 5 United States Carolina Railhawks
3MF Eon Alleyne (1992-04-10) 10 April 1992 (age 23) 1 0 Guyana Conquerors FC
3MF Vurlon Mills (1990-12-10) 10 December 1990 (age 24) 6 3 Guyana Slingerz FC
3MF Brandon Beresford (1992-07-15) 15 July 1992 (age 22) 0 0 United States Michigan Bucks
3MF Neil Danns (1982-11-23) 23 November 1982 (age 32) 1 0 England Bolton Wanderers FC
4FW Sheldon Holder (1991-09-30) 30 September 1991 (age 23) 3 2 Guyana Alpha United
4FW Pernell Schultz (1994-04-07) 7 April 1994 (age 21) 1 2 Trinidad and Tobago Caledonia AIA
4FW Emery Welshman (1991-11-09) 9 November 1991 (age 23) 3 1 United States Real Monarchs


As of 15 January 2015

Manager Trinidad and Tobago Jamaal Shabazz[5]
Assistant manager Guyana Wayne Dover[6]
First Team Coach Guyana Anson Ambrose [7]
Goalkeeping coach United States Andrew Hazel[8]
Kitman Guyana Trevor Burnett [9]
Physiotherapist Trinidad and Tobago Debita Harri Persad [10]
Chairman of the GFF’s Normalisation Committee Guyana Clinton Urling
Administrative & Commercial Manager Guyana Faizal Khan [11]
Operations Manager Guyana Mark Xavier

Guyana results and fixtures[edit]

Matches in last 12 months, as well as any future scheduled matches

Date Opposition Result Score Guyana Scorers Opposition Scorers Competition Host/(Venue)
2 Sep 2011  Barbados W 2-0 Shawn Beveney Goal 26'
Charles Pollard Goal 73'
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification – CONCACAF Second Round Guyana Providence Stadium, Providence
6 Sep 2011  Bermuda W 2-1 Vurlon Mills Goal 50' Goal 60' Khano Smith Goal 90' 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification – CONCACAF Second Round Guyana Providence Stadium, Providence
7 Oct 2011  Barbados W 0-2 Anthony Abrams Goal 73'
Chris Nurse Goal 87'
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification – CONCACAF Second Round Barbados Barbados National Stadium, Bridgetown
11 Oct 2011  Bermuda D 1-1 Ricky Shakes Goal 81' John Nusum Goal 71' 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification – CONCACAF Second Round Bermuda Bermuda National Stadium, Devonshire Parish
11 Nov 2011  Trinidad and Tobago W 2-1 Ricky Shakes Goal 10'
Leon Cort Goal 81'
Kenwyne Jones Goal 90+3' 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification – CONCACAF Second Round Guyana Providence Stadium, Providence
15 Nov 2011  Trinidad and Tobago L 2-0 Kenwyne Jones Goal 59'
Lester Poltier Goal 65'
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification – CONCACAF Second Round Trinidad and Tobago Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain
18 Feb 2012  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines L 1-0 N/A Friendly Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
22 Feb 2012  Grenada W 1-2 Anthony Abrams Goal 73'
Walter Moore Goal 90' (pen.)
Marcus Julien Goal 55' Friendly Grenada Grenada National Stadium, St. George's
29 Feb 2012  Guatemala L 0-2 Minor López Goal 32'
Guillermo Ramírez Goal 90+3'
Friendly Guyana Providence Stadium, Providence
21 Mar 2012  French Guiana L 1–0 Friendly French Guiana Stade de Baduel, Cayena
23 Mar 2012  French Guiana W 0–2 Anthony Abrams Goal 63'
Brandon Beresford Goal 65'
Friendly French Guiana Stade de Baduel, Cayena
2 May 2012  Martinique D 2–2 Anthony Abrams Goal 57'
Dwight Peters Goal 90+3'
Kevin Parsemain Goal 23'
Jordy Delem Goal 90+2'
Friendly Martinique Stade En Camée, Rivière-Pilote
4 May 2012  Guadeloupe W 1–2 Ryan Cradon Goal 22'
Konata Mannings Goal 66'
Samuel Zénon Goal 1' Friendly Guadeloupe Stade Rene Serge
18 May 2012  Jamaica L 1-0 Jeremie Lynch Goal 61' Friendly Jamaica Catherine Hall Stadium, Montego Bay
20 May 2012  Panama L 2-0 Yairo Yau Goal 70'
Darwin Pinzón Goal 73'
Friendly Panama Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City
28 May 2012  Colombia L 7-1 Anthony Abrams Goal 90' Friendly Colombia El Campín, Bogotá
8 Jun 2012  Mexico L 3-1 Héctor Moreno Goal 62' (o.g) Carlos Salcido Goal 11'
Giovani dos Santos Goal 15'
John Paul Rodrigues Goal 51' (o.g)
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification – CONCACAF Third Round Mexico Estadio Azteca
12 Jun 2012  Costa Rica L 0-4 Álvaro Saborío Goal 16' Goal 26' Goal 52'
Joel Campbell Goal 78'
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification – CONCACAF Third Round Guyana Providence Stadium, Providence
15 Aug 2012  Bolivia L 2-0 Gualberto Mojica Goal 89' (pen.)
Miguel Suárez Goal 90+1'
Friendly Bolivia Estadio Ramón Tahuichi Aguilera, Santa Cruz de la Sierra
7 Sep 2012  El Salvador D 2-2 Trayon Bobb Goal 16' Goal 53' Osael Romero Goal 4'
Isidro Gutiérrez Goal 29'
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification – CONCACAF Third Round El SalvadorEstadio Cuscatlan
11 Sep 2012  El Salvador L 2-3 Gregory Richardson Goal 1'
Chris Nurse Goal 62'
Osael Romero Goal 11'
Jaime Alas Goal 52'
Rafael Burgos Goal 77'
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification – CONCACAF Third Round Guyana Providence Stadium, Providence
12 Oct 2012  Mexico L 0-5 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification – CONCACAF Third Round United States BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston
16 Oct 2012  Costa Rica L 7-0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification – CONCACAF Third Round Costa Rica
21 Oct 2012  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines L 1-2 Gregory Richardson Goal 45+1' (pen.) 2012 Caribbean Championship Qualification Saint Lucia
23 Oct 2012  Curaçao W 1-2 N/A 2012 Caribbean Championship Qualification Saint Lucia
25 Oct 2012  Saint Lucia W 0-3 Vurlon Mills Goal 14' Goal 34'
Gregory Richardson Goal 37'
2012 Caribbean Championship Qualification Saint Lucia