Guyana national football team

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Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Golden Jaguars
Association Guyana Football Federation
Confederation CONCACAF
(North America)
Sub-confederation CFU (Caribbean)
Head coach Jamaal Shabazz
Top scorer Nigel Codrington (18)
Home stadium Providence Stadium
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 131 Decrease 13 (20 October 2016)
Highest 86 (November 2010)
Lowest 185 (February 2004)
Elo ranking
Current 153
Highest 86 (April 1980)
Lowest 183 (April 1996)
First international
 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 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 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 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 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.

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.

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]

Current squad[edit]

The following 20 players were called up for games in the Scotia Bank Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Caribbean Cup Round Three

Caps and goals as of 22 March 2016

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Kai McKenzie-Lyle (1997-11-30) 30 November 1997 (age 18) 1 1 England Barnet F.C.
1GK Andrew Nestor 0 0 United States St.Francis Brooklyn Athletics

2DF Quincy Linford Adams (1989-01-07) 7 January 1989 (age 27) 7 0 Guyana Slingerz FC
2DF Walter Moore (1984-09-01) 1 September 1984 (age 32) 62 4 Finland FF Jaro
2DF Samuel Cox (1990-10-10) 10 October 1990 (age 26) 2 0 England Wealdstone F.C.
2DF Jake Newton (1984-06-09) 9 June 1984 (age 32) 23 0 England Walton & Hersham
2DF Adrian Butters (1988-07-15) 15 July 1988 (age 28) 2 0 Australia Valentine Phoenix
2DF Colin Nelson (1991-08-09) 9 August 1991 (age 25) 27 1 Guyana Alpha United FC
2DF Anani Mohamed (1992-02-10) 10 February 1992 (age 24) 2 1 El Salvador C.D. Universidad de El Salvador

3MF Daniel Wilson (1993-11-01) 1 November 1993 (age 22) 18 2 Guyana Alpha United
3MF Dwight Peters (1986-08-23) 23 August 1986 (age 30) 31 4 Guyana Alpha United
3MF Chris Nurse(C) (1984-05-07) 7 May 1984 (age 32) 26 2 Puerto Rico Puerto Rico FC
3MF Trayon Bobb (1993-11-05) 5 November 1993 (age 22) 19 2 Lithuania FK Kruoja
3MF Brandon Beresford (1992-07-15) 15 July 1992 (age 24) 12 3 United States Rochester Rhinos
3MF Warren Creavalle (1990-08-14) 14 August 1990 (age 26) 0 0 United States Philadelphia Union
3MF Cash London 0 0 United States Cal Poly San Luis

4FW Vurlon Mills (1990-12-10) 10 December 1990 (age 25) 25 7 Guyana Slingerz FC
4FW Marcel Barrington (1995-08-28) 28 August 1995 (age 21) 1 1 England Margate F.C.
4FW Anthony Abrams (1979-10-03) 3 October 1979 (age 37) 61 15 Guyana Slingerz FC
4FW Pernell Schultz (1994-04-07) 7 April 1994 (age 22) 4 2 Trinidad and Tobago Caledonia AIA


As of 12 October 2016

Manager Vacant
Assistant manager Guyana Wayne Dover[5]
First Team Coach Guyana Anson Ambrose [6]
Goalkeeping coach United States Andrew Hazel[7]
Kitman Guyana Trevor Burnett [8]
GFF President Guyana Wayne Forde[9]
Technical Director England Ian Greenwood[10]

Results and fixtures[edit]

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