The technical team of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) is looking to maximize on the upward mobility and promise of the U17 team, which has a provisional squad in training for the 2019
Concacaf U17 Championship. The men’s World Cup qualifying competition, to be hosted at the IMG Academy campus in Bradenton, Florida, will be disputed in three rounds. The first-round qualifiers will take place March 16-24 and April 1-9, while the Final Championship – group stage and knockout stage, will take place May 1-16.
Guyana is in Group C with El Salvador, Haiti and Honduras, a seeding the GFF says results from the team’s 18th-place ranking in Concacaf.
Far from being daunted, GFF Youth Development Officer Bryan Joseph told the local press his team is happy to face the challenges. “The technical planners are all convinced that we can and will make it to the knockout stage of the tournament and then upset the status quo in the later stages.”
Joseph said the grouping is a testament to progress and success of the junior teams over the past two years. “We are elated that the structure has produced all these positive results as we continue to strengthen and reinforce it with all our ongoing and new programs,” he said.
The provisional squad has weekly sessions at the GFF National Training Centre. They will add more players following scouting in the GFF-NAMILCO Thunderbolt Flour Power National U17 Tournament scheduled to begin shortly.