Guyana Manager Michael Johnson and DF Matthew Briggs spoke to the media during Tuesday’s pre-match press-conference at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City. Guyana is set to square off with Trinidad and Tobago on Wednesday, closing out the Gold Cup for both sides.
With the quarterfinals now out of reach, the coach and player were both asked about the age-old sports cliche of “playing for pride.”
“We’ve already got pride,” said Briggs. “We’re still enjoying every second of this.”
“People expected us to come here and get battered,” Briggs continued, “and we’ve put up a tremendous fight. We’ve made ourselves and our country proud, and tomorrow is a game that we’re capable of winning. We want to get a result and enjoy every minute that we have here.”
“The ultimate thing for me,” said Johnson, “is that we are now established as a footballing nation. We’re already fielding calls from international teams talking about scheduling matches in the near future, teams we never would have dreamed of playing before we came to this tournament.”
“These teams have seen that on our day, we can give you a real go,” Johnson said. “That’s yet another source of pride, people in the footballing world taking notice of Guyanese football.”
Johnson finished by discussing what the match against Trinidad and Tobago means on a personal level for his side.
“For us,” said the Guyana Manager, “we just want to go out on a high.”
Guyana’s match with Trinidad and Tobago will kick off at 6:30 ET on Wednesday night, preceding the Group D finale between the United States and Panama.