Guyana
Nickname(s)Golden Jaguars
AssociationGuyana Football Federation
ConfederationCONCACAF (North America)
Sub-confederationCFU (Caribbean)
Head coachJamaal Shabazz
Most capsCharles Pollard (80)
Top scorerNigel Codrington (18)
Home stadiumProvidence Stadium
FIFA codeGUY
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 176 Steady (23 December 2021)[1]
Highest86 (November 2010)
Lowest185 (February 2004)
First international
British Guiana British Guiana 1–4 Trinidad and Tobago 
(British Guiana; 21 July 1905)[2]
Biggest win
 Guyana 14–0 Anguilla 
(St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda; 16 April 1998)
Biggest defeat
 Mexico 9–0 Guyana 
(Santa Ana, United States; 2 December 1987)
Netherlands Surinam 9–0 British Guiana 
(Netherlands Antilles; 17 February 1952)
Netherlands Surinam 9–0 British Guiana 
(Aruba; 9 February 1953)
Gold Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2019)
Best resultGroup stage (2019)

The Guyana national football team, nicknamed the Golden Jaguars, represents Guyana in international football and is controlled by the Guyana Football Federation. It is one of three South American nations to be a member of the Caribbean Football Union of CONCACAF alongside Suriname and French Guiana. Until the independence of Guyana in 1966, it competed as British Guiana. They qualified for the Caribbean Nations Cup in 1991, coming fourth, and in 2007. Guyana has never qualified for the FIFA World Cup, but on 23 March 2019 they qualified for the first time for the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

History

British Guiana (1905–59)

Guyana (as British Guiana) played its first international football match on 21 July 1905, a 4–1 defeat against nearby and fellow British colony Trinidad and Tobago. Their next recorded game came almost 16 years later on 28 January 1921, an away 2–1 win against its neighbour Suriname. The two played again in Suriname on 27 August 1923, and on that occasion the hosts won 2–1. British Guiana did not play another match until 1937, when they lost two matches against Trinidad and Tobago in Suriname: 3–0 and 3–2. After seven years without a match, British Guiana entered a three-team tournament in Trinidad & Tobago against its national side and Barbados. They won twice against Barbados (1–0 and 3–0) before drawing 1–1 and losing 3–0 to Trinidad and Tobago. In the final of this Trinagular tournament they again lost 3–0 to Trinidad and Tobago.

In November 1947 British Guiana played in a Standard Life tournament in Trinidad and Tobago. They beat the hosts 2–1 in their opening game on 5 November before beating Jamaica 2–0 the very next day. On 10 November they drew 0–0 with Jamaica before losing 2–0 to Trinidad and Tobago in the last game on 14 November.

British Guiana played its first home games in 1950 against Trinidad and Tobago: these were British Guiana's first matches since the Standard Life tournament. British Guiana lost 1–0 and 4–1 before winning 1–0. The last match played under the name British Guiana was the next match on 2 March 1959 – a 2–2 draw against Trinidad and Tobago.[4]

Guyana

After independence in 1966, Guyana did not play a match for five years. Their first fixtures under their new name were qualifiers for the 1971 CONCACAF Championship against Suriname. The first match, away, was lost 4–1 and the home match on 21 September 1971 was lost 3–2 as Suriname advanced 7–3 on aggregate. In 1976 Guyana entered its first ever World Cup qualification campaign with the aim of reaching the 1978 FIFA World Cup in Argentina. Guyana and Suriname were drawn in a two-legged preliminary in the Caribbean section of CONCACAF qualification and Guyana won the first leg 2–0 at home on 4 July 1976. The second leg in Paramaribo was lost 3–0 which allowed Suriname to advance.[4]

2006

Guyana had a remarkable calendar year in 2006, with eleven successive wins, including five CONCACAF Gold Cup qualifiers[5] These results boosted Guyana's spot in the FIFA World Rankings by 87 spots in little over a year. As a consequence, the team rose to the top 12 in CONCACAF and were in the third rank of seeds in the World Cup qualifying draw.

Caribbean Nations Cup 2007

At the 2006–07 Caribbean Nations Cup, Guyana finished top of Group A in Stage One, then top of Group H in Stage Two (which they hosted), and finished 3rd in the Bobby Sookram Group, missing out on a semi-final berth on goal difference alone. Had Guyana reached the semi-finals, they would have qualified for the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

2014 World Cup qualifying

With the return of international coach Jamaal Shabazz, Guyana finished top of a group containing Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and Bermuda to reach the third round of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. They qualified with one game to go with a 2–1 home win against Trinidad and Tobago on 11 November 2011.

Guyana organised friendly matches against Columbia, Bolivia, Jamaica and Panama for the first team. In the third round group, they finished last, behind Mexico, Costa Rica and El Salvador, with one point from their six matches.

Lack of football 2013/14

From November 2012 to October 2014 Guyana did not play a single international fixture. This amongst other factors led to FIFA stepping in and removing the GFF executive at the end of 2014.[6]

2015 and 2016 return of the Golden Jaguars

With FIFA stepping into Guyana once again, a FIFA Normalisation Committee was installed to regularise football in Guyana. With this came the search for a National Team Head Coach with Jamaal Shabazz reinstalled initially for one game versus Barbados in Jan 2015. As Guyana had lost many first team players to retirement since 2012, the squad was a new younger group with major gaps in the goalkeeper and defensive areas.

However a 2-2 draw with Barbados was enough for Shabazz and his staff, consisting of assistant coach Wayne Wiggy Dover, Operations Manager Mark Xavier, Team Manager Faizal Khan, Kit Man Trevor Burnett, GoalKeeper Coach Andrew Hazell, Physical Trainer Anson Ambrose, Medical Officer Denzil Hernandez.

Results and fixtures

The list below displays match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future scheduled matches

  Win   Draw   Loss

2021

25 March 2021 WC 1st Round Qualifying Trinidad and Tobago  3–0  Guyana San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic
19:00 UTC−4
Report Stadium: Estadio Panamericano
Referee: Marco Antonio Ortíz Nava (Mexico)
30 March 2021 WC 1st Round Qualifying Guyana  4–0  Bahamas Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
15:00 UTC−4 Report Stadium: Félix Sánchez Olympic Stadium
Referee: Sergio Reyna (Guatemala)
4 June 2021 WC 1st Round Qualifying Saint Kitts and Nevis  3–0  Guyana Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis
16:00 UTC−4
Report Stadium: Warner Park
Referee: Ricangel de Leça (Aruba)
8 June 2021 WC 1st Round Qualifying Guyana  0–2  Puerto Rico Georgetown, Guyana
16:00 UTC−4 Report
Stadium: Georgetown Football Stadium
Referee: Ismael Cornejo Meléndez (El Salvador)
28 June 2021 Friendly Guyana  1–0  Bermuda Fort Lauderdale, United States
3 July 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup qualifying Guatemala  4–0  Guyana Fort Lauderdale, United States
21:30 Report Stadium: DRV PNK Stadium
Referee: Juan Gabriel Calderón (Costa Rica)

2022

28 January Friendly Suriname  v  Guyana Paramaribo, Suriname
Stadium: TBD
30 January Friendly Guyana  v  Barbados Paramaribo, Suriname
Stadium: TBD

Coaching staff

As of 18 September 2021

Head Coach Trinidad and Tobago Jamaal Shabazz
Assistant Coach Guyana Charles Pollard
Assistant Coach Brazil Wilson Toledo
Team Manager Guyana Rawle Adams
Goalkeeping Coach Guyana Eon DeVeira
Kitman Guyana Trevor Burnett
Head Scout England Faizal Khan[7]
GFF President Guyana Wayne Forde[8]
Technical Director England Ian Greenwood[9]

Coaching history

Players

Current squad

The following players were called up for the 2021 Gold Cup qualification matches in July 2021.
Caps and goals are correct as of 3 July 2021, after the match against Guatemala

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Akel Clarke (1988-10-25) 25 October 1988 (age 33) 17 0 Jamaica Mount Pleasant
1GK Kai McKenzie-Lyle (1997-11-30) 30 November 1997 (age 24) 9 1 England Cambridge United
1GK Shawn Adonis (2002-05-14) 14 May 2002 (age 19) 0 0 Guyana Police

2DF Marcus Wilson (2000-09-27) 27 September 2000 (age 21) 1 0 Guyana Santos
2DF Matthew Briggs (1991-03-06) 6 March 1991 (age 30) 15 1 England Gosport Borough
2DF Liam Gordon (1999-05-15) 15 May 1999 (age 22) 7 0 England Bolton Wanderers
2DF Kevin Layne (1998-01-01) 1 January 1998 (age 24) 9 0 Jamaica Mount Pleasant
2DF Nicolai Andrews (2002-11-03) 3 November 2002 (age 19) 3 0 Guyana Santos
2DF Reiss Greenidge (1996-02-08) 8 February 1996 (age 25) 1 0 England Barnet
2DF Terence Vancooten (1997-12-29) 29 December 1997 (age 24) 16 1 England Stevenage

3MF Nathan Moriah-Welsh (2002-03-18) 18 March 2002 (age 19) 4 0 England Bournemouth
3MF Curtez Kellman (1998-03-06) 6 March 1998 (age 23) 1 0 United States Daytona State College
3MF Daniel Wilson (1993-11-01) 1 November 1993 (age 28) 38 1 Guyana Police
3MF Jobe Caesar (1999-01-01) 1 January 1999 (age 23) 5 0 Guyana Guyana Defence Force
3MF Javier George (2001-01-27) 27 January 2001 (age 20) 2 0 Canada York United
3MF Stephen Duke-McKenna (2000-08-17) 17 August 2000 (age 21) 8 0 England Queens Park Rangers

4FW Connor Kurran-Browne (2002-01-26) 26 January 2002 (age 19) 1 0 England Bournemouth
4FW Keanu Marsh-Brown (1992-08-10) 10 August 1992 (age 29) 16 1 Bahrain East Riffa
4FW Omari Glasgow (2003-11-22) 22 November 2003 (age 18) 4 1 Guyana Fruta Conquerors
4FW Kelsey Benjamin (1999-05-08) 8 May 1999 (age 22) 11 1 Guyana Guyana Defence Force
4FW Sheldon Holder (1991-09-30) 30 September 1991 (age 30) 34 9 Trinidad and Tobago Caledonia AIA
4FW Trayon Bobb (1993-01-05) 5 January 1993 (age 29) 41 10 Guyana Uitvlugt Warriors
4FW Emery Welshman (1991-11-09) 9 November 1991 (age 30) 22 10 Canada Forge FC

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up within the past year.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Quillan Roberts (1994-09-13) 13 September 1994 (age 27) 3 0 Canada 1812 FC Barrie vs.  Guatemala, 3 July 2021 PRE
GK Sese Norville (2000-08-05) 5 August 2000 (age 21) 0 0 Guyana Milerock vs.  Guatemala, 3 July 2021 PRE

DF Sam Cox (1990-10-10) 10 October 1990 (age 31) 26 0 England Hampton & Richmond Borough vs.  Guatemala, 3 July 2021 PRE

MF Callum Harriott (1994-03-04) 4 March 1994 (age 27) 9 1 Free agent vs.  Guatemala, 3 July 2021 PRE

FW Nicholas McArthur (2001-12-21) 21 December 2001 (age 20) 2 0 Jamaica Portmore United vs.  Guatemala, 3 July 2021 PRE


INJ Withdrew due to injury.
PRE Preliminary squad.
RET Retired from the national team.
WD Withdrew for personal reasons.

Player records

As of 30 March 2021
Players in bold are still active with Guyana.

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D* L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Part of  United Kingdom Part of  United Kingdom
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966
Mexico 1970 Did not enter Declined participation
West Germany 1974
Argentina 1978 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 2 3
Spain 1982 6 2 0 4 8 13
Mexico 1986 2 0 1 1 1 2
Italy 1990 2 0 0 2 0 5
United States 1994 2 0 1 1 2 3
France 1998 2 0 0 2 1 8
South Korea Japan 2002 Suspended by FIFA Suspended by FIFA
Germany 2006 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 1 8
South Africa 2010 2 0 0 2 1 3
Brazil 2014 12 4 2 6 14 30
Russia 2018 2 0 2 0 6 6
Qatar 2022 4 1 0 3 4 8
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/22 38 8 6 24 40 89

CONCACAF Gold Cup

CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad
El Salvador 1963 Did not enter
Guatemala 1965
Honduras 1967
Costa Rica 1969
Trinidad and Tobago 1971
Haiti 1973
Mexico 1977
Honduras 1981
1985
1989
United States 1991 Did not qualify
Mexico United States 1993
United States 1996
United States 1998 Did not enter
United States 2000 Did not qualify
United States 2002
Mexico United States 2003
United States 2005 Withdrew
United States 2007 Did not qualify
United States 2009
United States 2011
United States 2013
Canada United States 2015
United States 2017
Costa Rica Jamaica United States 2019 Group stage 13th 3 0 1 2 3 9 Squad
United States 2021 Did not qualify
Total Group stage 1/25 3 0 1 2 3 9

CONCACAF Nations League

CONCACAF Nations League record
Season Division Group Pld W D* L GF GA P/R RK
United States 2019−20 B C 6 3 1 2 12 10 Same position 18th
2022–23 B To be determined
Total 6 3 1 2 12 10 18th

CFU Caribbean Cup

CFU Championship & Caribbean Cup record Qualification record
Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D* L GF GA
Trinidad and Tobago 1978 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 1 4
Suriname 1979 Did not enter Did not enter
Puerto Rico 1981
French Guiana 1983 Did not qualify 4 1 2 1 3 5
Barbados 1985 2 1 1 0 1 1
Martinique 1988 2 0 0 2 0 5
Barbados 1989 Did not enter Did not enter
Trinidad and Tobago 1990 Did not qualify 3 0 2 1 1 6
Jamaica 1991 Fourth Place 4 1 0 3 4 14 2 1 1 0 5 1
Trinidad and Tobago 1992 Did not qualify 3 1 1 1 4 5
Jamaica 1993 3 1 0 2 3 7
Trinidad and Tobago 1994 2 0 0 2 1 4
Cayman Islands Jamaica 1995 2 0 0 2 0 7
Trinidad and Tobago 1996 2 1 0 1 3 3
Antigua and Barbuda Saint Kitts and Nevis 1997 4 1 1 2 5 9
Jamaica Trinidad and Tobago 1998 3 1 1 1 17 4
Trinidad and Tobago 1999 2 0 1 1 2 4
Trinidad and Tobago 2001 3 2 0 1 4 3
Barbados 2005 Withdrew Withdrew
Trinidad and Tobago 2007 Group Stage 3 1 1 1 4 5 6 6 0 0 24 2
Jamaica 2008 Did not qualify 5 1 3 1 7 5
Martinique 2010 Group Stage 3 0 1 2 1 6 6 4 1 1 9 4
Antigua and Barbuda 2012 Did not qualify 6 3 0 3 11 9
Jamaica 2014 3 0 1 2 0 4
Martinique 2017 6 3 0 3 21 12
Total Fourth Place 10 2 2 6 9 25 71 27 15 29 122 104

See also

References

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 23 December 2021. Retrieved 23 December 2021.
  2. ^ "Trinidad and Tobago – List of International Matches". Rsssf.com.
  3. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 18 January 2022. Retrieved 18 January 2022.
  4. ^ a b "Guyana – List of International Matches". Rsssf.com. Rec.Sport Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 2 December 2011.
  5. ^ "Guyana: Fixtures and Results". FIFA. Archived from the original on 30 June 2007. Retrieved 16 July 2010.
  6. ^ "A brief history of football in Guyana". Worldsoccer.com. 20 September 2014.
  7. ^ "Staff –Nurse among overseas trio to join squad". Guyana Times. Archived from the original on 21 February 2015. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  8. ^ [1][dead link]
  9. ^ "GFF APPOINTS TECHNICAL DIRECTOR". Gffonlione.com. 5 September 2016.