HEAD coach of Golden Jaguars, Jamaal Shabazz, has once again pleaded with the corporate community to support his side, as they prepare for the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifiers. Behind Shabazz, the Golden Jaguars are unbeaten in three International Friendlies this year; drawing 2-2 against Barbados in Bridgetown, while playing at home and defeating both St Lucia and Grenada by a 2-0 score line.
“We, as coaches, ideally would want to play next week. We want to have a camp, we want to keep the players but we want money also and this is the election season but we need money for the programme,” Shabazz said.
Shabazz, who also served as Technical Director of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF), sitting at the helm of the Jaguars during their most successful period, pointed out “to bring players cost money, to encamp cost money.
“We have been giving the nation our all. Guyanese from overseas came together and in a short time we’ve given our best and we have the result and now we want the Government and the politicians and corporate Guyana to put something in.”
The Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Normalisation Committee was also showered with praise by Shabazz who said that team efforts on the pitch match those done off the field of play.
“We see a team coming together, matching what we see in the Administration and this is what the Caribbean (countries) need. We need administrators who are committed and business-like and able to raise the bar so that players and coaches want to go out there and achieve and it’s important to acknowledge what was done in this short time to bring the players and everyone together.”
Shabazz added, “We have a lot to do and based on how the FIFA calendar is set up we wouldn’t be able to get everybody back until May but we will keep working and looking for players plus we want Neil Danns and Matthew Briggs, based on their experience here, to be able to convince other players of Guyanese parentage in England to come and join the ranks and strengthen the team.”
By Rawle Toney