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Guyana gets favourable draw for CONCACAF Olympic Qualifiers….. Lady Jags to play Canada on February 11 in Texas


THE Lady Jags will play Thursday February 11, 2016  at the BBVA Compass Stadium in Texas, in the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifier Tournament.

Guyana was placed in Group B of the tournament, along with Trinidad and Tobago and Guatemala, while World Champions USA heads the ‘Group of death’ that also includes rivals Mexico, Puerto Rico and Costa Rica.

By virtue of defeating Jamaica 2 – 1 last  Friday  in the Twin Island Republic, the Lady Jags would have qualified for their second CONACACF tournament, making them the country’s most successful football programme, given the fact that our men’s national team are yet to play in a major confederation championship.

“If there’s such a thing as a good draw, this would be it” explained an excited Mark Rodrigues who attended the draw which was held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Doral, Miami yesterday.

“I’m really excited that we got such a group and that we’re going to be playing Canada in our first game. It’s a game that we always wanted and we’ll also get a chance to play Trinidad because we also always wanted to play them again, but I’m satisfied with what we’ve got and now, its time to focus on the task ahead” said the Lady Jags head coach.

It will be only the second meeting between Guyana and Canada with the first being at the 2010 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Looking ahead, Rodrigues said that he had spoken to US Women’s Head Coach Jill Ellis for a possible friendly against them before the qualifiers “she (Ellis) said that she’ll look into it and see if we could have that game between now and February; even if its their U-20 girls. I’m actually looking to see if we could any of the teams in the opposite group”

The World Cup-champion (USA) will face Costa Rica to open the eight-team CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament.

The United States has won the past three tournaments that determine the Olympic representatives from CONCACAF, and went on to win the gold medal in the last three Olympics.

The top two finishers earn Olympic berths.

The event is scheduled for Feb. 10-21 in Houston and Frisco, Texas.

The schedule
Wednesday, February 10 – Toyota Stadium

6 pm (5 pm) Puerto Rico vs. Mexico
8:30pm (7:30pm) USA vs. Costa Rica

Thursday, February 11 – BBVA Compass Stadium
6 pm (5 pm) Guatemala vs. Trinidad & Tobago
8:30pm (7:30pm) Canada vs. Guyana

Saturday, February 13 – Toyota Stadium
1:30pm (12:30pm) Costa Rica vs. Puerto Rico
4 pm (3 pm) Mexico vs. USA

Sunday, February 14 – BBVA Compass Stadium
1:30pm (12:30pm) Guyana vs. Guatemala
4 pm (3 pm) Trinidad & Tobago vs. Canada

Monday, February 15 – Toyota Stadium
6 pm (5 pm) Mexico vs. Costa Rica
8:30pm (7:30pm) USA vs. Puerto Rico

Tuesday, February 16 – BBVA Compass Stadium
6 pm (5 pm) Trinidad & Tobago vs. Guyana
8:30pm (7:30pm) Canada vs. Guatemala

Friday, February 19 – BBVA Compass Stadium
5:30pm (4:30pm) 1B vs. 2A
8:30pm (7:30pm) 1A vs. 2B

Sunday, February 21 – BBVA Compass Stadium
5 pm (4 pm) Winner SF1 vs. Winner SF2


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