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NATIONAL TRIALS FOR BEACH SOCCER WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS COMPLETED…

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NATIONAL TRIALS FOR BEACH SOCCER WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS COMPLETED

– Shortlisted Squad To Commence Training

21st September, 2016, Georgetown: Seventeen players were shortlisted by the Guyana Beach Football Association (GBFA) technical squad led by designated Head Coach, Abdullah Hamid, following trials on Sunday, 18th September 2016 as they commence preparation for  this year’s Beach Soccer World Cup Qualifiers 2017.

The squad will commence weekly training on Sundays in preparation for the competition scheduled for the 29th January to the 5th February, 2017 on Miami Beach, USA and will have as its Assistant Coach, Dillon Roberts while a Team Manager is to be announced. (pls see complete list of shortlisted players below)

This squad, which will be further shortlisted to 15 by the end of October, was drawn from the recently-concluded National Beach Soccer League that was held from January – April, 2016 in Kuru Kururu Village and Linden.

According to President of the Beach Soccer Association, Rollin Tappin, this is a great opportunity to raise the profile of Beach soccer in Guyana and he expects Guyana to do well. “We’re using some players who have already had international exposure. Once we roll out preparations according to plan, Guyana will be making a good representation for itself; it augurs well for Beach soccer. It will give Beach soccer the boost it needs as it’s no longer a part-time sport. With Guyana’s geography and sand, it will definitely give us a boost going forward in our development.”

Two officials from Guyana – Rollin Tappin and Abdullah Hamid – will participate in a workshop in Miami on the 17th – 18th October aimed at sensitizing participating member associations of the tournament as well as participate in the official draw.

The trials were conducted at Bay Rock Beach Soccer Facility, Linden over a two-week period, commencing on September 11, 2016 and saw players from various clubs including High Stars Attention Family, Cool Runnings Kurukururu Warriors, Royal Youths, Silver Bullets, Sparta Boss and Alexander Village FC.

Guyana is one of 16 countries vying for two spots in the competition within CONCACAF; only three will qualify and this is the country’s first time participating in this tournament.

SHORTLISTED SQUAD

NATIONAL TRIALS FOR BEACH SOCCER WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS

  1. Travis Bess GK
  2. Deon Tyrell  GK
  3. Kellon Major GK
  4. Ethan Spartan GK
  5. Jermaine Grandison
  6. Marvin Sullivan
  7. Kenard Simon
  8. Tshekederi Whitehead
  9. Gishawn  Moore
  10. Trevorn Archibald
  11. Deshawn Joseph
  12. Cordell Johnson
  13. Rodwyn Fraser
  14. Michael Wilson
  15. Keon Sears
  16. Jamal Haynes
  17. Tony Gilbert

For more information, please contact:

Debra Francis (Ms.)

Communications and Public Relations Officer

Tel: 592 227 8758 (o)

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