In what is a must win contest for the home side, Guyana tackles defending champ Jamaica today in their final group fixture of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Caribbean Cup Qualifiers at the National Track and Field Centre in Leonora.
The Golden Jaguars currently occupy the cellar position in the standings following their 2-3 loss to Suriname Saturday in Paramaribo.
Akin to the rivalry with the Dutch nation, Guyana will start as the historical underdog in what will be the fifth meeting of the nations due to their 1-3 record.
In the most recent matchup, Jamaica prevailed 1-0 in May of 2012. Examination of the numbers in the rivalry highlight the quality of the Reggae Boyz as they have recorded 12 goals at a rate of three conversions per match.
On the other hand, Guyana has only scored twice during the series. In terms of the tourney statistics, Jamaica are now making their entrance after securing a bye to the third round due to their status as defending champs.
For the Guyanese, their tournament has been showcased by three wins and two losses. Wins over Anguilla, Puerto Rico and United States Virgin Island are smeared by defeats to Curacao and Suriname.
Offensively, the Golden Jaguars have scored in every game to date to record a total of 19 goals at a ratio of 3.8 per contest. On the defensive side, right goals have been conceded at an average of 1.6 per game.
With regards to their current ranking on the world ladder, Guyana are positioned on 118th while their opponent are currently placed on 80th.
Guyana’s best ever ranking was 86th and it was recorded on November 2010. Similarly, the Jamaicans best ever position was 27th which was achieved on August 1998.
The Golden Jaguars squad reads Goalkeepers: Kai McKenzie Lyle (overseas) Andrew Nestor (overseas), Defenders Jake Newton (overseas), Samuel Cox (overseas), Quincy Adams, Walter Moore (overseas), Adrian Butters (overseas), Colin Nelson, Anani Mohamed (overseas), Midfielders Dwight Peters, Cash London (overseas), Trayon Bobb, Christopher Nurse (overseas), Brandon Beresford (overseas), Warren Creavalle (overseas), Daniel Wilson and Strikers, Anthony “Awo” Abrams, Vurlon Mills, Marcel Barrington (overseas) and Pernell Schultz.
Meanwhile Jamaica will face-off with Suriname in their final group fixture on October 13th in the Kingston. Only one team from the group will qualify automatically to the next round.
Points Standings. GP W L D GF GA GD Pts.
Suriname 1 1 0 0 3 2 +1 3
Guyana 1 0 1 0 2 3 -1 0