GUYANA FOOTBALL FEDERATION
Feb, 2016: ISSUE 4
1st- 2nd Feb – The Guyana Football Federation (GFF) has participated in a FIFA-organized pitch maintenance seminar which addressed the preparation, construction and maintenance of pitches, namely on natural grass and turf surfaces.
GFF’s representatives attending the training were Mr. Merson Jones, GFF’s Deputy General Secretary; Mr. Ian Alves, Director of Competitions (GFF) and Mr. Collin Aaron, GFF’s Pitch Maintenance Personnel.
This training was held at the Raddison Aquatica Resort, St. Michael, Barbados and was facilitated Dr. Stephen Baker, FIFA’s Football Turf & Natural Grass Consultant and Mr. Daniel Krebs, Manager – Football Facilities and Income Generation Programmes (FIFA).
6th Feb – There was a Stag Elite League Finale was launched at the GFF Boardroom. In attendance were Mr. Wayne Forde – President, GFF; Mr. Ian Alves – Director of Competitions and Ms. Debra Francis – Public Relations and Communications Officer. The key sponsor was represented by Ms. Darshanie Yussuf – Public Relations Officer, Ansa McAl and several elite team coaches.
8th Feb – As part of its mandate to facilitate the development of football in Guyana, the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) officially presented flood lights to Buxton United Football Club in the Boardroom of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF).
Receiving same from GFF’s President Wayne Forde were Club Secretary Mr. Eton Moses and two representatives of the club. Mr. Moses expressed his satisfaction for the gift and said the benefits extend beyonf that of his club to the community. “The community of Buxton will benefit as an extension as the lights will be there fixed in the ground and other activities held at the ground will benefit from this same intervention…so all in all it’s a good thing the GFF would have started and I welcome it.”
In response, President Forde said the presentation was made as part of the mandate of the Executive Committee of the GFF and noted that it will contribute to the development of the club/players and country. “We believe that clubs must be given an opportunity to earn and attract good quality games and activities at their venue. The revenue from those events will certainly go back into the maintenance of the facility and the d-ment of the players and ultimately Guyana will benefit.”
9th Feb –In effort to foster transparency and accountability, the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) has contracted the Lions Club Of Bel-Air to provide gate control services at the games of the Stag Elite League Finale tournament beginning the 12th February at GDF ground, Camp Ayanganna
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the two parties on Tuesday, 9th February, 2016. Signing on behalf of the GFF and the Lions were Ms. Thandi Mc Allister – Third Vice President, GFF and Mr. Matthew Langevine – President, Lions Club of Bel Air. Witnessing the signing on behalf of the Lions were Mr. Ricky Ragbeer – Past President / Director, Lions Club of Bel Air and Mr. Sean Noel – 2nd Vice District Governor, Lions Club of Bel Air.
10th – 15th Feb – Mr. Wayne Forde – President and Second Vice President Mr. Rawlston Adams went to Houston, Texas to support the Lady Jags in their guest to qualify for the Women’s Olympic Qualifier to be held in Rio Brazil.
Canada defeated the Lady Jags 5-1 in their first game in the Olympic Qualifier tournament at BBVA Compass stadium in Houston, Texas.
On Feb 14, 2016 Guyana won against Guatemala in the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifier tournament; Guyana 2 – 1 Guatemala (final score). Guyana goal scorers: Mariam El-Madri (70th min); Alison Heydorn (76th min)
On 16th Feb, 2016, Guyana lost to Trinidad and Tobago in Houston, Texas; Trinidad 5 – 1 Guyana and was eliminated from the tournament.
11th -12th Feb – Ms. Diedre Davis – General Secretary and First Vice President – Brigadier General (Rtd) Mr. Bruce Lovell attended the CONCACAF Reform meeting in Miami, USA. Among the reform discussed were FIFA constitution reforms as well as the CONCACAF constitution reforms, upcoming elections at both FIFA and CONCACAF.
12th Feb – The Stag Elite League Finale commenced at the GDF Ground, Camp Ayanganna with Third Vice President Ms. Thandi Mc Allister doing the official kick off. Giving brief remarks were Ms. Mc Allister and Mr. Trevor Williams, Manager of the National Track and Field Facility, Leonora, the latter representing the Government of Guyana.
The opening game featured a double-header between Alpha United FC vs Fruta Conquerors FC and Slingerz FC vs Pele FC.
20th Feb – Pre-Game Press Conference was held at the Pegasus Hotel for the Guyana vs Suriname International Friendly. In attendance were representatives from Suriname and Guyana teams including Suriname’s Team Manager – Humphrey Dundas; Coach – Werner Blackson and and Captain – Albert Nibte. From Guyana there was Head Coach Jamaal Shabazz and players Gregory Richardson (captain) and Colin Nelson (striker). Also in attendance was sponsor representative Banks Beer Sales and Marketing Manager, Brian Choo Hen. The press conference was chaired by the GFF’s Public Relations and Communications Officer Debra Francis.
21st Feb – Golden Jaguars and the Surinamese National team played an international friendly at the Guyana National Stadium on the 21st February. The game ended 2-0 in favour of the Golden Jaguars. The Golden Jaguars was captained by Gregory Richardson.
23-27 Feb – The President, Mr. Wayne Forde, 1st Vice President Mr. Bruce Lovell and Ms. Diedre Davis, General Secretary attended the extra ordinary FIFA Congress in Zurich, Switzerland, where the new FIFA President was elected.
The Guyana Football Federation (GFF) was also selected as an Observer of the FIFA electoral process on the 26th February, 2016. Guyana was among three (3) member associations to observe same and it is the first for the South American country.
The President of the GFF advanced strong arguments in support of term limits for the CONCACAF President and Executive Committee. Additionally, he proposed amendments to the reforms that would ensure that the position of CONCACAF president is never left vacant again regardless of the circumstances. These amendments were adopted unanimously.
The President believes that the reforms emphasize the need for good governance, accountability, transparency and fairness. These timeless principles, he said, align well to the spirt and will of the Guyana Football fraternity and the people of Guyana.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Ms. Diedre Davis
Guyana Football Federation
Tel: 592 225 0892