The Guyana senior National women’s football team – the Lady Jags – will play their final practice match today, from 17:00 hours at the Leonora Track & Field and Football facility against three time defending champions of the Digicel School’s Football tournament; Christianburg Wismar Secondary School (Multi).
The team, under Head Coach Mark Rodrigues, are winding down their week-long camp in preparation for next month’s Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Olympic Qualifiers in the Dominican Republic where they will take on St Kitts & Nevis (August 21) and Cuba (August 23).
In the absence of an International Friendly as was proposed and announced by Rodrigues, the Lady Jags Head Coach resorted to first facing a Georgetown U-17 boys team in a scrimmage at the same venue on Wednesday last, losing 4 – 2 after Ashlee Savona and Donna Joseph had given them an early lead.
But Rodrigues said that he wanted a tougher opposition; one that will force his ladies to play the type of football that got them to the 2010 Gold Cup and believes that nation’s top school’s football team would suffice.
Coach of the ‘Multi’ team Anthony Stephens said that he’s happy for the opportunity to face the National female team, adding that the game will give his troops the perfect opportunity to put what was being taught in their practice sessions into reality.
The defending champions and the most successful school at the country’s most prestigious tournament, will be playing Annandale Secondary on Sunday at home in Linden and Stephens said that his players understand what’s at stake and as such, will be taking today’s game seriously.
Stephens said that he warned his players about being lackadaisical against the ‘Lady Jags’, since the team didn’t get the title of being Guyana’s most successful football team at all levels by luck.
The Lady Jags he said are a physical bunch and should his players think that they are playing the ‘regular girls’ a rude awaken is on the horizon.