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National players in Brazil…
Sese Norville, Ryan Hackett and Kelsey Benjamin, Guyana’s three national football players who are on a one-month pre-season training with the Brazilian second-division side Madureira Esporte Clube, are said to be adapting well to the environment and sessions, despite being exposed to new and challenging training routines.
This is the report brought back from Brazil following a visit by GFF President Wayne Forde on Sunday last to view the international friendly match between FC Madureia and the Qatar National Team that is preparing for the Copa America tournament.
In an invited comment from the players, it was disclosed that training is progressing well, even though intense and challenging as new regimens are being learned.
“It is different and challenging from (what had obtained) back home, but we’re coming through and getting there,” Norville said, while Benjamin and Hackett concurred.
While the language difference has been another challenge, these players are gradually learning it to aid their communication with the team, and even showed off some of the words and phrases learned to date.
Although part of the Madureira Esporte Clube squad, they did not play in the match, which ended 2-1 in favour of Qatar. The coaching staff, however, are very pleased with the players’ overall conduct and behaviour thus far exhibited.
After their one-month attachment, and based on their performance, the players could each potentially land a professional contract with the club.
This attachment initiative is a result of a visit made by the Guyana Football Federation President to Brazil in May, where he met with Brazilian Football Federation (Confederação Brasileira de Futebol – CBF) President, Rogerio Caboclo.