Road to CONCACAF W Gold Cup: Lady Jags squad revealed ahead of Dominica clash today
Lady Jags Head Coach Omar Khan has finalised a formidable squad which includes Captain Chante’ Sandiford and forward Annalisa Vincent for the crucial clash against Dominica today, November 29 in the Road to CONCACAF W Gold Cup.
This match is pivotal for Guyana as they strive to solidify their lead in League B, Group A with just one more game remaining in the qualifying round.
The senior women’s national team boast three wins and one loss, for a total of nine points, with Suriname trailing in second place with six points. Antigua and Barbuda and Dominica have four points each, at third and fourth placed in the league standings.
Finishing the group stage atop the standings would mean Guyana’s ascent to League A, a significant achievement akin to the Golden Jaguars’ success earlier this month.
Head Coach Khan said the team were geared up for the final two matches in League B with a collective goal to hold onto the top spot.
“We are ready to play the last two matches in our League B, we know it will not be easy, but we all have one goal and that is to maintain that leading position. That would mean that we can, following the men who set a good example by being promoted to the A League, write history by competing at the highest level with both teams. This group of players and staff would certainly deserve that.”
He added: “The last two games against Suriname gave us six important points, but looking back at the game, there is still a lot of room for improvement that we will work hard on in the near future. We hope that the people will be able to support us as much as possible even though we are not playing in our home country.
“Hopefully, we will make everyone and ourselves proud by closing this window with the group win.”
The line-up for today’s game at the IR Franklin Essed Stadium in Suriname from 19:00h (7pm) features:
Goalkeepers: Chante’ Sandiford, Raven Edwards-Dowdall, and Aneesa O’Brien
Defenders: Anya Tribune, Anika Sproxton, Kristen Bettencourt, Glengie Lewis, Rylee Traicoff, Ghilene Joseph, Reece Scott, and Savanna Mondesir-Singh
Midfielders: Stefanie Kouzas, Brianne Desa, Samantha Banfield, Tiandi Smith, Hannah Baptiste, and Jalade Trim
Forwards: Otesha Charles, Shanice Alfred, Neema Liverpool, Annalisa Vincent, Dylana Makarowski, and Sandra Johnson
The CONCACAF W Road To Gold Cup, featuring 34 registered senior women’s national teams, is a qualifying platform for the much-anticipated 2024 W Gold Cup.
This tournament stands as the premier competition for senior footballers across the CONCACAF region.
The top team from each League B group – a total of three teams – will progress to the 2024 W Gold Cup Prelims.
Guyana’s final group stage match is set against Antigua and Barbuda on December 3, scheduled for 17:00h (5pm) at the IR Franklin Essed Stadium in Suriname.
Guyana Football Federation (GFF) President Wayne Forde said he was confident that the chosen squad would triumph for both pride and country.
“Our national teams are excelling on the global stage with remarkable performances. The GFF remains steadfast in its commitment to investing in the national team programme,” Forde said.
“In this pivotal game, the Lady Jags’ foremost goal is to sustain their lead in the group, striving for promotion to League A, mirroring the recent triumph of the Golden Jaguars. The Lady Jags’ remarkable display already fills us with immense pride.”