Golden Jaguars in ‘must win’ clash against Antigua and Barbuda tonight

first_imgTHE Golden Jaguars, following their 2 – 1 lost to Antigua and Barbuda on Friday last in St John’s, will host the ‘Benna Boys’ tonight at the National Track and Field Centre, in a game that they will have to win to keep their 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup hopes alive. Kick off time is 18:00 hrs.Guyana, following their 1 – 0 opening CONCACAF Nations League win against Aruba in Curacao, went down 4 – 0 to Jamaica at home.After three games in Group C of League B, Guyana sits behind leaders Jamaica (9 points) and Antigua and Barbuda (six points) in third position.No team has scored against the Reggae Boyz who have scored 12 goals of their own, while Antigua scored four goals and conceded eight (-4), and Guyana scored two conceded six (-4).It means not that Guyana will have to not only win, but do so with a superior goal difference in an effort to lock up that second spot in the group.“The result (against Antigua) was disappointing and the programme is in a transitional period as we speak. We have to manage expectations of the fans and public on what we’re trying to achieve,” Captain Samuel Cox told reporters at Sunday’s pre-game press conference.The UK-based defender added that “Yes, if you look at te game against Antigua, possession wise, I thought we dominated and I think if it wasn’t for a sloppy 15 minutes, I’m sure the results would’ve been different but you know, that has given us motivation going into the game tomorrow (today).”Guyana’s head coach, Marcio Maximo, strongly believes that Guyana will bounce back telling, pointing out that “the first place will be for Jamaica but the second spot is still open; we have the same chance like Antigua because we have an equal opportunity.”Asked about the composition of the team for today’s game, Maximo said his mantra when accepting the job to coach Guyana, was to find a balance and bridging the gap between local and overseas-based players.“I don’t believe that you can compete with teams without any local players, for me it’s not development. Also, you can’t give up on our international players to compete; it’s a balance. I’ve been coaching football for almost 30 years and I have never seen somebody all my life just wake up and start winning. You should work in two departments – Development and compete,” the Brazilian said.last_img