Brazilian, European coaches apply for post of national coach

The Golden Jaguars senior programme will return to the international circuit in the coming months with friendlies tentatively scheduled against Caribbean Football Union (CFU) rivals French Guiana and Grenada.

According to sources close to the federation, the entity is in the process of securing matches against the two CFU opponents for the upcoming FIFA International windows.

The matches could be staged during the upcoming international dates which are August 28th-September 5th, October 2nd-10th and November 6th-14th.

Wayne Dover

Guyana’s most recent international fixture too place March 28th 2017 at the Mackenzie Sports Club (MSC) ground, Linden against CONCACAF Gold Cup qualifier Martinique. The contest, which was witnessed by a capacity crowd, ended in a scoreless draw.

The sources related that the GFF is also attempting to initiate an Under 13 national team.

Jamaal Shabazz

“The U13 team will possibly play against Suriname in August during the holiday period,” it was disclosed.

Meanwhile, the sources said that the federation has commenced the procedure to select the next Golden Jaguars Senior Coach adding that applications have been pouring in from several countries across the Confederations of UEFA and CONMEBOL.

“They have received interest from Brazilians and some Europeans and most of the applications are from international coaches.

“They [GFF] have not created the selection committee yet. There is no rush as there is no immediate qualification assignment in the future,” the sources added.

Trinidad and Tobago native Jamaal Shabazz resigned from the post in October 2016 despite having a contract that expired at the end of that year.

Ivan Persaud

His decision occurred after Guyana was dumped out of the CFU Caribbean Cup, losing 2-4 to Jamaica in their final group fixture at the National Track and Field Centre, Leonora, despite leading 2-0 at the halftime interval.

Among the local candidates, Wayne ‘Wiggy’ Dover is seen as the frontrunner by many pundits. The current Alpha United tactician also served as the Head-Coach against Martinique.

Dover has previously held the position before and is very experienced having been an understudy to Shabazz in each of his three stints. On the other hand, former national player and GFF Vice-President Ivan Persaud, has declared that he is interested in the post.

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