Guyana national football team

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Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Golden Jaguars
Association Guyana Football Federation
Confederation CONCACAF
(North & Central America)
Sub-confederation CFU (Caribbean)
Head coach Michael Johnson
Top scorer Shawn Beveney (22)
Home stadium Providence Stadium
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 182 Decrease 18 (7 June 2018)
Highest 86 (November 2010)
Lowest 185 (February 2004)
Elo ranking
Current 165 Steady (22 May 2018)
Highest 86 (April 1980)
Lowest 183 (April 1996)
First international
British Guiana British Guiana 1–4 Trinidad and Tobago 
(British Guiana; 21 July 1905)[1]
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, 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 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.[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 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.[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.

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.[4]

Competition records[edit]

FIFA World Cup[edit]

FIFA World Cup
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
19301974 Did not enter
19781998 Did not qualify
South Korea Japan 2002 Suspended by FIFA
20062018 Did not qualify
Qatar 2022 To be determined
Total - - - - - - - -

CONCACAF Gold Cup[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 23 players were called up for a Non-FIFA sanctioned friendly match vs Grenada on 7 October 2017:

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Kai McKenzie-Lyle (1997-11-30) 30 November 1997 (age 20) 2 1 England Barnet F.C.
1GK Andrew Durant (1984-08-02) 2 August 1984 (age 33) 5 0 Trinidad and Tobago San Juan Jabloteh

2DF Walter Moore (1984-09-01) 1 September 1984 (age 33) 62 4 Finland FF Jaro
2DF Christopher Bourne (1985-09-06) 6 September 1985 (age 32) 27 1 England Islington Admiral United FC
2DF Jake Newton (1984-06-09) 9 June 1984 (age 34) 25 0 England Walton & Hersham
2DF Terence Vancooten (1997-12-29) 29 December 1997 (age 20) 1 0 England Stevenage FC
2DF Samuel Cox (C) (1990-10-10) 10 October 1990 (age 27) 7 0 England Wealdstone F.C.
2DF Adrian Butters (1988-07-15) 15 July 1988 (age 30) Canada Vaughan Azzurri
2DF William Europe (1993-09-17) 17 September 1993 (age 24) Brazil Santos FC
2DF Jeremy Garrett (2000-01-01) 1 January 2000 (age 18) Guyana Fruta Conquerors FC
2DF Nicolas Peters (2000-01-01) 1 January 2000 (age 18) Guyana Mabaruma

3MF Neil Danns (1982-11-23) 23 November 1982 (age 35) 5 3 England Bury FC
3MF Curtez Kellman (1998-03-06) 6 March 1998 (age 20) Guyana Georgetown FC
3MF Anthony Benfield (1990-12-10) 10 December 1990 (age 27) Suriname S.V. Nishan 42
3MF Frank Parks (1993-11-01) 1 November 1993 (age 24) Guyana Rush Saints FC
3MF Brandon Beresford (1992-07-15) 15 July 1992 (age 26) United States Peachtree City MOBA
3MF Maleik de Freitas (1995-06-28) 28 June 1995 (age 23) Canada Masters FA
3MF Cashion London (1996-07-25) 25 July 1996 (age 21) United States Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

4FW Emery Welshman (1991-11-09) 9 November 1991 (age 26) United States FC Cincinnati
4FW Gregory Richardson (1982-06-16) 16 June 1982 (age 36) Guyana Pele F.C.
4FW Sheldon Holder (1991-09-30) 30 September 1991 (age 26) Trinidad and Tobago Caledonia AIA
4FW Ralph Parris (1994-04-07) 7 April 1994 (age 24) Trinidad and Tobago Caledonia AIA
4FW Shaquille Agard (1992-10-26) 26 October 1992 (age 25) Canada Durham United FC


As of 6 June 2018

Head Coach Jamaica Michael Johnson
Assistant Coach Guyana Charles Pollard
Team Manager Guyana Rawle Adams
Goalkeeping coach Guyana Eon DeVeira
Kitman Guyana Trevor Burnett [5]
GFF President Guyana Wayne Forde[6]
Technical Director England Ian Greenwood[7]

Results and fixtures[edit]

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