Garrett, Hackett, Benjamin, Caesar included in Golden Jaguars Squad for WCQs against T&T and The Bahamas

Head Coach Marcio Maximo has named eight alumni of the  Guyana Football Federation’s pioneering Academy Training Centre programme in his final 23- man squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup first round qualifiers this month. 

Maximo has also selected three new non-domestic players for the squad, which will play Trinidad and Tobago on March 25th and the Bahamas on March 30th in the Dominican Republic in Guyana’s first international matches since the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

‘It’s a strong and very competitive squad selection with a lot of energy in all areas of the field,”  said Maximo. “The squad is renewed, which is a continuous cycle for us. I am very confident we  can be successful and reach the second round of FIFA World Cup qualifying – this is my target  and job!” 

Ryan Hackett (left) and Kelsey Benjamin (right) are part of the Golden Jaguars setup.

Shawn Adonis, Nicolai Andrews and Omari Glasgow – all members of the 2017 U15 Soualiga  Cup winning national youth team – join Jeremy Garrett, Ryan Hackett, Nicolas McArthur,  Kelsey Benjamin and Jobe Caesar as the latest successful products of the GFF’s ATC youth  development system to take the step up to the senior squad. 

UK-based right back Miguel Scarlett, Watford defender Bayli Spencer-Adams and Bournemouth  midfielder Nathan Moriah-Welsh make the final 23 for the first time, while Cambridge United  goalkeeper Kai McKenzie-Lyle returns to the fold. 

Domestic-based members of the squad on Wednesday departed from Ogle airport for the Dominican Republic, where they will be joined by non-domestic-based players to begin an  extended training encampment. 

To qualify for round two in Concacaf’s qualification process for the 2022 FIFA World Cup,  Guyana must top its group, which also includes Saint Kitts and Nevis and Puerto Rico. 

“We know Trinidad and Tobago are tough opponents,” said Golden Jaguars captain Sam Cox. “We’ve got a rich history with them. We know they’re going to offer and present a real challenge. We are preparing ourselves for that by coming into camp a couple of days earlier, just to give  ourselves that extra preparation and to bond within the team. That’s going to be invaluable.”

“Then, of course, we have the Bahamas on the 30th, so we have two good fixtures that we will be  looking to take wins in. We’ve got a good couple of weeks ahead of us – we just have to prepare  correctly.” 

Head of Recruitment Faizal Khan said the new UK-based recruits would bring further top level  experience into the mix, alongside established squad members such as Callum Harriott. 

“Coach Maximo giving first team call-ups to Bayli Spencer-Adams, Miguel Scarlett and Nathan  Moriah-Welsh highlights the coach’s willingness to give youth a chance in competitive  internationals,” said Khan. 

As the squad departed for the Dominican Republic, Cox urged the nation to unite behind the  Golden Jaguars as they look to begin their World Cup journey in style. 

“It’s a shame we couldn’t be in Guyana for the second game against the Bahamas,” he said. “It  would have been great to interact with the fans, but obviously, through coronavirus, that’s not  possible. We know that the fans will be there in spirit with us and we will look to make them proud  as we always do.” 

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Michelangelo Jacobus

Sports Editor and Founder of 'The 592 Dugout'.

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