Guyana has eye on Gold Cup

Guyana (pictured) trains at the Guyana Defence Force facilities on March 18, 2016.

GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- With the aim of qualifying for the CONCACAF Gold Cup for the first time, Guyana trained Friday with nearly a full squad for its CFU Men’s Caribbean Cup, first-round clash on March 22 against visiting Group 5 rival Anguilla.

Head Coach Jamaal Shabazz took 22 players -- minus the European-based trio of Sam Cox, Neil Danns and Walter Moore -- through their paces at the Guyana Defence Force ground.

“For us, we want to qualify for the Gold Cup tournament and to do that we have to finish in the first four in the CFU tournament,” said Shabazz. “That journey of a thousand miles starts with the step against Anguilla.”

The 52-year-old Trinidadian described the side as a mix of experience and dynamic youth, with a focus on building an offensive unit.

“We are not short on leadership,” Shabazz added. “The challenge for us is cohesion. Bringing together the squad and having everybody on one page in that short space of time, I think that is the challenge. If we get that right, I think the sky is going to be the limit.”

Guyana will face Anguilla at the National Stadium in Providence.

ROSTER

GOALKEEPERS: Akel Clarke, Alex Murray, Anthony Whyte

DEFENDERS: Quincy Adams, Solomon Austin, Trayon Bobb, Joshua Browne, Sam Cox, Les Charles Critchlow, Kester Jacobs, Walter Moore

MIDFIELDERS: Eon Alleyne, Brandon Beresford, Tichard Joseph, Konata Mannings, Devon Millington, Clive Nobrega, Christopher Nurse, Dwight Peters, Daniel Wilson

FORWARDS: Marcel Barrington, Neil Danns, Dellon Lanferman, Vurlon Mills, Gregory Richardson