Lady Jags begin journey to 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup
The Guyana Senior Women’s National Team take on Dominica and the Turks and Caicos Islands in February in qualifiers for the 2022 Concacaf W Championship, a tournament that serves as the regional gateway to the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup and the 2024 Summer Olympics.
The fixtures, rescheduled from November by Concacaf due to challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, would bring the Lady Jags squad together for the first time since the October encampment in Puerto Rico, which included two friendly matches against the hosts.
On Wednesday, February 16, Guyana will start their Group F qualification campaign with a home tie against Dominica at Leonora Stadium. It kicks off at 8 p.m., and is followed by an away fixture against the Turks and Caicos Islands on Saturday, February 19.
Further details are yet to be announced for the away game.
“The first two rounds will be an extended training camp for us, as we try and assess our players and evaluate where we are as a team,” said Head Coach Ivan Joseph. “This will be the first time in my tenure as a coach (that) we will have our full programme assembled, and it will take us some time to come together as a cohesive unit. Turks and Caicos and Dominica will be formidable opponents, who have been working hard these past few months to build a solid programme,” he added.
“We hope to get the results we need to put us in the right position to advance out of the group, but we will have our hands full.” After the opening two matches in February, Guyana will face Nicaragua on April 8, and Trinidad and Tobago on April 12 to complete their qualification group matches.
Each of the six group winners would join automatic qualifiers Canada and the United States – the reigning champions – in the 2022 Concacaf W Championship, which will take place in Mexico in July.
“I am very excited to have our senior team playing in the upcoming W Qualifiers,” said GFF Director of Women’s Programmes, Paul Beresford. “We have a mix of veterans and new players available to us, and I am confident the coaching staff will put a very competitive team together.
“Both of these games are critical in building momentum, and we expect Dominica and Turks and Caicos to present stiff competition,” Beresford continued. “It will be great to have the women’s team playing in Guyana again, and I expect the football fraternity to come out and support the Lady Jaguars.”