WITH Guyana set to kick off their 2018 World Cup Qualifiers, the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) yesterday named a star-studded 30-man squad who will go into training in preparation for their June 10 and 14 clash against St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Guyana will first travel to St Vincent and the Grenadines on June 10 for their first game before returning home to face the ‘Vincy Heat’ at the Guyana National Stadium on June 14.
The Golden Jaguars, as they are more popularly known, will feature their best possible team at the qualifiers and will once again feature Neil Danns Ricky Shakes, who now plays his football at Boreham Wood FC, will be making a return to the squad after an almost three-year absence.
Shakes’ teammate at Boreham Wood FC and former Tottenham Hotspur ‘wonder kid’ midfield player Sam Cox will have his first International cap, along with striker Marcel Barrington and goalkeeper Matthew Allick.
The 20-year-old Barrington plays with English Premier League (EPL) club Leicester City, while Allick is formerly from Dagenham & Redbridge FC.
The other overseas-based players in the squad are: Walter Moore (FF Jaro), Trayon Bobb, Pernel Shultz (Caledonia AIA), captain Chris Nurse (Carolina Railhawks), Emery Welshman (Real Monarchs), Kevin Beaton (USA), Brandon Beresford, Daniel Whyte, Anthony Whyte (Canada) and Akel Clarke (Central FC), Adrian Butters (Toronto FC),
Meanwhile, the local-based players called by head coach Jamaal Shabazz are Jamaal Smith Chris Camacho, Sheldon Holder, Konata Manning (Alpha United), Derrick Carter (Western Tigers), Eon Alleyne (Fruta Conquerors), Vurlon Mills, King Solomon Austin, Colin Nelson, Joshua Brown, Dwayne Jacobs and Clive Nobrega (Slingerz FC).
Some of the overseas-based players have already arrived while the others are expected by the end of the week.
By Rawle Toney