Thursday, August 14, 2008

Good Job guys...

A changing of the guard probably as Minister Frank Anthony poses next to Bharrat Jagdeo (oh he must earn the "President" title from us at Guyana360 and we have no apologies for it because unlike Gay Gordon Moesely, we cannot be banned.)

Providence, Guyana was the setting for the Guyana Golden Jaguars' divine turn around in their first two matches of the Digicel Caribbean Championships (DCC). With 4 points, the
Golden Jaguars victoriously go through to the second round of the Digicel
Caribbean Championships (DCC) despite political and organizational problems
facing Guyana football this year.

Since founding their football association in 1920 Guyana's Golden Jaguars
never made much of an impression on Caribbean football. However, the former
British and Dutch colony of 700,000, tucked away in the tangled jungles of
South America's North-East corner, found their way in the last 3 years. Since
2005, Guyana has made much progress in football, climbing an astonishing 95
places in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking and advancing to the finals of
the Digicel Caribbean Cup in 2006. But when Suriname ended Guyana's campaign
for the South Africa 2010 World Cup qualifiers in June of this year, Guyana
saw a decline in support among football fans and an increase in negative
publicity surrounding the football governing body the GFF

The negative publicity received from the Suriname match in June contributed
to a call for the president of the GFF to resign and prompted older players
*Charles Pollard, Collie Hercules, Shawn Bishop and Richard Reynolds to hand
in their resignations effective after the Digicel Caribbean Championships.*
The Golden Jaguars also faced other problems going into the DCC Group B
matches: the national team had not been able to have any turf practice due
to inclement weather and the lack of a football training facility. Though
the DCC matches were played at the National Stadium, the Guyanese government
was reluctant to lend football the grounds originally built for World Cup
Cricket 2007.

However, despite all these challenges, the Guyana Golden Jaguars proved
their worth to their fans and the Caribbean beating Dominica in a solid 3-1
win in their first DCC match (August 8) and drawing with neighbouring
football rivals Suriname in the final match of group B (August 10), giving
them the lead to make it through to the second round of the Digicel
Caribbean Championships. The Guyana Golden Jaguars will play the Trinidad
Soca Warriors in Trinidad in November and, if their revived luck continues,
play in the DCC finals to be held in Jamaica in December.

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