By Akeem Greene
Assistant Coach of the Golden Jaguars Wayne Dover has expressed some amount of pleasure in the level of preparation the team has undergone for their International Friendly match against Canada on Sunday at the National Stadium, Providence.
In an invited comment on Friday, Dover said, “We had four to five days with the local players mixed with a few young foreign players; we have seen little bit of good cohesion in the squad in terms of their understanding of the pattern and defensive organisation and I think it augers well for the game on Sunday”.
To some extent, preparation would have been hampered by rain over the last days but being able to have access to the facility at Providence would have been extremely beneficial and when combined with the fact that the full
squad is in the country we can say that we are ready.
“Today [Friday], is the very first day we have gotten to see the full squad in preparation, using a whole field and we saw a few things that if we had earlier seen in the earlier sessions, we could have worked extensively on but nevertheless we maximise on the time we have and we are a bit satisfied on the session this morning”, the assistant coach explained.
When Guyana Times Sport visited the team, they were engaged in rigorous practice routines in the steaming heat of the morning, which was a bit unusual since it is bar far more tiring on the player and more so, their match is at night
On this aspect, Dover said, “The sun is a factor but at the end of the day, we train at a time that the ground was available for us, the fact that these players have been playing football through the season and we all know the rules that in place where players availability is concerned for international football”.
The clash promises to be a good test for the locally based players against a team that is currently ranked 92 on FIFA world rankings as opposed to Guyana at 132.