Guyana national football team

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Guyana
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Golden Jaguars
AssociationGuyana Football Federation
ConfederationCONCACAF
(North & Central America)
Sub-confederationCFU (Caribbean)
Head coachMichael Johnson
Top scorerShawn Beveney (22)
Home stadiumProvidence Stadium
FIFA codeGUY
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 177 Steady (7 February 2019)[1]
Highest86 (November 2010)
Lowest185 (February 2004)
Elo ranking
Current 164 Increase 1 (3 March 2019)[2]
Highest86 (April 1980)
Lowest183 (April 1996)
First international
British Guiana British Guiana 1–4 Trinidad and Tobago 
(British Guiana; 21 July 1905)[3]
Biggest win
 Guyana 14–0 Anguilla 
(St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda; 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, 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 CONCACAF Gold Cup or the FIFA World Cup.

History[edit]

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]

Guyana[edit]

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]

2006[edit]

Guyana had a remarkable calendar year 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 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.

Lack of football 2012/13[edit]

From November 2012 to October 2014 Guyana failed to play a single game of International football due to off-field problems.[6]

Competition records[edit]

FIFA World Cup[edit]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Not a FIFA member Not a FIFA member
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966
Mexico 1970 Did not enter Declined participation
West Germany 1974
Argentina 1978 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 2 3
Spain 1982 6 2 0 4 8 13
Mexico 1986 2 0 1 1 1 2
Italy 1990 2 0 0 2 0 5
United States 1994 2 0 1 1 2 3
France 1998 2 0 0 2 1 8
South Korea Japan 2002 Suspended by FIFA Suspended by FIFA
Germany 2006 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 1 8
South Africa 2010 2 0 0 2 1 3
Brazil 2014 12 4 2 6 14 30
Russia 2018 2 0 2 0 6 6
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026
Total 0/21 34 7 6 21 36 81

CONCACAF Gold Cup[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 24 players were called up for CONCACAF Nations League vs Belize in March 2019:

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Akel Clarke (1988-10-25) 25 October 1988 (age 30) 5 0 Suriname Walking Boyz Company
1GK Alex Murray (1992-10-21) 21 October 1992 (age 26) 2 0 Guyana Santos Georgetown
1GK Sesi Norville (2000-08-05) 5 August 2000 (age 18) 0 0 Guyana Milerock F.C.

8 2DF Sam Cox (1990-10-10) 10 October 1990 (age 28) 29 1 England Hampton & Richmond Borough
2DF Terence Vancooten (1997-12-29) 29 December 1997 (age 21) 2 0 England Stevenage F.C.
3 2DF Kevin Layne (1998-01-01) January 1, 1998 (age 21) 3 0 Guyana New Amsterdam United
2DF Walter Moore (1984-09-01) 1 September 1984 (age 34) 73 5 Finland AC Oulu
2DF Reiss Greenidge (1996-08-10) 10 August 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Norway Arendal Fotball
2DF Ronayne Marsh-Brown (1984-11-13) 13 November 1984 (age 34) 2 0 England Whitehawk FC
2DF Warren Creavalle (1990-08-14) 14 August 1990 (age 28) 3 0 United States Philadelphia Union

16 3MF Neil Danns (1982-11-23) 23 November 1982 (age 36) 7 5 England Bury
23 3MF Elliot Bonds (2000-03-23) 23 March 2000 (age 18) 1 0 England Farnborough FC
3MF Clive Nobrega (1989-08-31) 31 August 1989 (age 29) 11 0 Guyana Eagles United
3MF Pernell Schultz (1994-04-07) 7 April 1994 (age 24) 8 2 Guyana Western Tigers
7 3MF Stephen Duke-McKenna (2000-08-17) 17 August 2000 (age 18) 1 0 England Bolton Wanderers
14 3MF Kadell Daniel (1994-06-03) 3 June 1994 (age 24) 4 1 England Dover Athletic
3MF Callum Harriott (1994-03-04) 4 March 1994 (age 25) 0 0 England Reading

10 4FW Emery Welshman (1991-11-09) 9 November 1991 (age 27) 8 6 Canada Forge FC
4FW Marcel Barrington (1995-08-28) 28 August 1995 (age 23) 4 2 England Braintree Town
20 4FW Trayon Bobb (1993-11-05) 5 November 1993 (age 25) 32 6 Guyana Uitvlugt Warriors FC
9 4FW Sheldon Holder (1991-09-03) 3 September 1991 (age 27) 21 6 Trinidad and Tobago Morvant Caledonia United
4FW Keanu Marsh-Brown (1992-08-10) 10 August 1992 (age 26) 0 0 England Newport County
4FW Anthony Jeffrey (1994-03-10) 10 March 1994 (age 25) 0 0 England Dover Athletic
4FW Gregory Richardson (1982-06-16) 16 June 1982 (age 36) 39 16 Guyana Fruta Conquerors

Staff[edit]

As of 6 September 2018

Head Coach Jamaica Michael Johnson
Assistant Coach Guyana Charles Pollard
Assistant Coach England Taff Rahman
Team Manager Guyana Rawle Adams
Goalkeeping coach Guyana Eon DeVeira
Kitman Guyana Trevor Burnett [7]
GFF President Guyana Wayne Forde[8]
Technical Director England Ian Greenwood[9]

Results and fixtures[edit]

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

Coaches[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 7 February 2019. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 3 March 2019. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Trinidad and Tobago – List of International Matches". Rsssf.com.
  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. Retrieved 2010-07-16.
  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.