By Zaheer Mohamed
Fresh from a 2-0 victory over St. Lucia, Guyana’s Golden Jaguars are currently preparing for their next engagement against Grenada on Sunday at the National Stadium, Providence.
The squad has been boosted with the inclusion of three overseas based players – Left back Matthew Briggs, goalkeeper Anthony Whyte and midfielder Neil Danns.
Speaking with Kaieteur Sport after the team’s training session Tuesday afternoon at the stadium, the trio expressed delight of being part of the team.
Briggs, who arrived in Guyana on Sunday last and is currently on loan to Co-Chester United FC from Millwall FC in England, said he is very excited and this is a proud moment for him. “I am very happy to visit the home country of my grandmother. I received a warm welcome from the players and coaching staff,” he added.
Briggs stated that he wants to help Guyana qualify for the World Cup. “It’s good to play at the international senior level. One of my aims is to help the team progress,” he stated.
When quizzed as to what he expects from Grenada on Sunday, the left back said he expects them to be strong and quick, but feels the Jaguars can come out successful and he is
looking forward to the game.
Twenty-year-old Whyte is whose father hails from Guyana, said it is a privilege to be part of the team. “I am excited to be here and I want to help the team advance and open opportunities for my self,” he posited.
Whyte who plays for Sigma FC in Toronto, Canada, arrived on Sunday last and is eager to play for the Jaguars. “The team spirit is high and the players are respectful,” he noted.
Whyte, who studies medicine in Florida, had a training stint with Ajax Amsterdam FC and Fayenoord FC in Holland two years ago.
Danns, 32 of Bolton Wanderers FC indicated that he wants to contribute positively to Guyana’s football and is looking forward to playing with the team. “The players made me feel comfortable, I had a good first session, but it’s important that I acclimatize quickly,” he pointed out. Danns feels he will adapt better as he continues to train. He wants to help the team get to the World Cup and is satisfied with his career at the moment. “My career is going well; I am playing with a good club and also focusing on the Jaguars. I am keen to play in front of the home crowd,” he said.
Danns informed that he is looking forward to a good relationship with the people here and wants to contribute meaningfully to Guyana’s football. He said that he is willing to get involved in coaching the youths.
Sunday’s game kicks of at 20:30 hrs.