Brazilian help for local football

—Elite League, players exchange prgrammes among benefits of GFF president Wayne Forde’s trip to Brazil

President Forde meets with Botofago President Nelson Mufarrei during his recent trip to Brazil.

Following Guyana Football Federation (GFF) President Wayne Forde’s maiden visit to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from July 6 – 8, the Elite League is expected to benefit significantly from several capacity building partnerships.

During the three-day trip, Forde met the presidents of notable teams Vasco da Gama and Botafogo, to discuss several partnerships and initiatives.

Among the initiatives discussed are an Elite Referees Programme, Player Exchange Programme and the Recruitment of a Coach Instructor to build capacity among the Elite League tacticians and coaches across the nation.

“Over the couple of weeks, we will be formalizing some relationships that will see an elite referees programme being introduced, which is a key programme I’d like to commence,” Forde stated in a press release.

“We will also see a player exchange programme; we are looking at bringing players at the developmental/ transitional level in some of the professional clubs and maybe some of the lower divisions to play within the Elite League and taking some of our U20 players to the Brazilian clubs,” he added.

“I’m trying to get as many as 30 U20 players into Brazil. The goal is to get around 30 U20 Guyanese players playing in Brazil first and foremost, and secondly bringing good Brazilian talent and professionalism into the training and playing set up of the Elite League.”

Forde said that the GFF will be looking to acquire a Brazilian Coach to work with the Elite League Coaches.

“The GFF will be hiring a Brazilian Coaching Education Instructor to work with the Coaches within the Elite League, in particular and other Coaches around the country.”

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