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Countdown to CONCACAF Tournaments

first_imgNational Male U15 and Female U17 teams begin encampment…Caribbean Women’s qualifiers begin August 9THE National Male U15 and Female U17 teams preparing for respective CONCACAF tournaments began their final encampment yesterday on the West Coast of Demerara (WCD).The National Male U15 team is getting reading for the CONCACAF U15 Boys Championship from the 13th – 19th August in Florida, U.S.A, while the females are preparing for the CONCACAF Caribbean Women’s U17 Qualifiers from the 9th – 13th August at the National Track and Field Facility, Leonora.The 18-man male squad consists of two goalkeepers, six defenders, five midfielders and five forwards from seven GFF-Scotiabank Academy Training Centres (ATC) and one player from Region One (Barima-Waini).Male U15 squadMeanwhile, the female squad has three goalkeepers, six defenders, seven midfielders and four forwards from six GFF-Scotiabank ATCs with one player from Canada.In an invited comment, GFF’s Technical Director, Ian Greenwood shared the focus of the female team encampment: “The Women’s U17 will be focusing on defensive shape, composure in possession, regains of possession and set pieces in the upcoming camp.“We know we still have a long way to go with our Women’s programme as we are currently a long way behind in terms of technical skills and tactical understanding at this level.“However, the tournament will give us much needed exposure as we will build this newly-established squad over the next few years.” Due to unforeseen circumstances, only one international player has joined the squad but Greenwood is looking forward to the tournament.“We are excited to see Nalaih Rowe, in a Guyana shirt, who recently excelled in our GFF Talent ID Camp conducted in Toronto. We are calling on Guyana to come out and support the girls on their tentative early steps into international football.”Guyana will begin their campaign in the CONCACAF Caribbean Women’s U17 Qualifiers on Wednesday, 9th August against the Barbados national team.This will be followed by a Barbados – Cuba clash on Friday, 11th August and a Guyana – Cuba match on Sunday, 13th August to wrap up the Group D stage. Thursday and Saturday have been assigned rest days.Admission for the Women’s tournament is free and games will begin at 17:00hrs.The team will be headed by Akilah Castello and assisted by Tricia Munroe while the Goalkeeping coach will be Hope Clarke, an overseas-based coach.The competition will be hosted in two phases: the Qualifying Group Phase and the Qualifying Final Phase. According to the regulations, the Qualifying Phase of the Caribbean Competition shall be played separately within the Caribbean, thus providing the agreed representation for the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship.Three teams from the Caribbean zone will qualify automatically to the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship, the two finalists and the third place winner in the qualifying final stage.”The female encampment will conclude on the 8th August while the male encampment will conclude on the 5th August.last_img read more