Guyana national football team
|Association||Guyana Football Federation|
(North & Central America)
|Head coach||Michael Johnson|
|Top scorer||Shawn Beveney (22)|
|Home stadium||Providence Stadium|
|Highest||86 (November 2010)|
|Lowest||185 (February 2004)|
|Highest||86 (April 1980)|
|Lowest||183 (April 1996)|
(British Guiana; 21 July 1905)
(St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda; 16 April 1998)
(Santa Ana, United States; 2 December 1987)
The Guyana national football team, nicknamed the Golden Jaguars, is controlled by the Guyana Football Federation. It is one of three South American nations to be a member of the Caribbean Football Union of CONCACAF alongside Suriname and French Guiana. Until the independence of Guyana in 1966, it competed as British Guiana. They qualified for the Caribbean Nations Cup in 1991, coming fourth, and in 2007. Guyana has never qualified for the CONCACAF Gold Cup or the FIFA World Cup.
British Guiana (1905–59)
Guyana (as British Guiana) played its first international football match on 21 July 1905, a 4–1 defeat against nearby and fellow British colony Trinidad and Tobago. Their next recorded game came almost 16 years later on 28 January 1921, an away 2–1 win against its neighbour Suriname. The two played again in Suriname on 27 August 1923, and on that occasion the hosts won 2–1. British Guiana did not play another match until 1937, when they lost two matches against Trinidad and Tobago in Suriname: 3–0 and 3–2. After seven years without a match, British Guiana entered a three-team tournament in Trinidad & Tobago against its national side and Barbados. They won twice against Barbados (1–0 and 3–0) before drawing 1–1 and losing 3–0 to Trinidad and Tobago. In the final of this Trinagular tournament they again lost 3–0 to Trinidad and Tobago.
In November 1947 British Guiana played in a Standard Life tournament in Trinidad and Tobago. They beat the hosts 2–1 in their opening game on 5 November before beating Jamaica 2–0 the very next day. On 10 November they drew 0–0 with Jamaica before losing 2–0 to Trinidad and Tobago in the last game on 14 November.
British Guiana played its first home games in 1950 against Trinidad and Tobago: these were British Guiana's first matches since the Standard Life tournament. British Guiana lost 1–0 and 4–1 before winning 1–0. The last match played under the name British Guiana was the next match on 2 March 1959 – a 2–2 draw against Trinidad and Tobago.
After independence in 1966, Guyana did not play a match for five years. Their first fixtures under their new name were qualifiers for the 1971 CONCACAF Championship against Suriname. The first match, away, was lost 4–1 and the home match on 21 September 1971 was lost 3–2 as Suriname advanced 7–3 on aggregate. In 1976 Guyana entered its first ever World Cup qualification campaign with the aim of reaching the 1978 FIFA World Cup in Argentina. Guyana and Suriname were drawn in a two-legged preliminary in the Caribbean section of CONCACAF qualification and Guyana won the first leg 2–0 at home on 4 July 1976. The second leg in Paramaribo was lost 3–0 which allowed Suriname to advance.
Guyana had a remarkable calendar year 2006, with eleven successive wins, including five CONCACAF Gold Cup qualifiers These results boosted Guyana's spot in the FIFA World Rankings by 87 spots in little over a year. As a consequence, the team rose to the top 12 in CONCACAF and were in the third rank of seeds in the World Cup qualifying draw.
Caribbean Nations Cup 2007
At the 2006–07 Caribbean Nations Cup, Guyana finished top of Group A in Stage One, then top of Group H in Stage Two (which they hosted), and finished 3rd in the Bobby Sookram Group, missing out on a semi-final berth on goal difference alone. Had Guyana reached the semi-finals, they would have qualified for the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Lack of football 2012/13
FIFA World Cup
|FIFA World Cup|
|1930–1974||Did not enter|
|1978–1998||Did not qualify|
|Suspended by FIFA|
|2006–2018||Did not qualify|
|To be determined|
CONCACAF Gold Cup
The following 23 players were called up for CONCACAF Nations League vs Barbados on 7 September 2018:
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|GK||Akel Clarke||25 October 1988||5||0|
|GK||Jason Cromwell||30 October 1996||0||0|
|GK||Kai McKenzie-Lyle||30 November 1997||2||1|
|DF||Terence Vancooten||29 December 1997||2||0|
|DF||Sam Cox||10 October 1990||27||1|
|DF||Jake Newton||9 June 1984||25||0|
|DF||Jelani Smith||1 January 1991||2||0|
|DF||Ronayne Marsh-Brown||13 November 1984||0||0|
|DF||Kester Jacobs||28 July 1987||32||0|
|MF||Neil Danns||23 November 1982||5||3|
|MF||Daniel Wilson||1 November 1993||20||1|
|MF||Delwin Fraser||11 July 1986||3||0|
|FW||Anthony Benfield||10 December 1990||11||0|
|MF||Brandon Beresford||15 July 1992||18||2|
|MF||Vurlon Mills||11 February 1998||29||8|
|FW||Andrew Murray||20 March 1990||33||5|
|FW||Pernell Schlutz||7 April 1994||9||2|
|MF||Kelsey Benjamin||8 May 1999||1||0|
|MF||Trayon Bobb||5 November 1993||28||4|
|FW||Sheldon Holder||3 September 1991||18||3|
As of 6 June 2018
Results and fixtures
Matches in last 12 months, as well as any future scheduled matches
|7 October 2017 Friendly||Grenada
||1–0||St. George's, Grenada|
|19:00 GYT||Report||Stadium: Kirani James Athletic Stadium
|14 November 2017 Friendly||Trinidad and Tobago
||1–1||Couva, Trinidad and Tobago|
|Report||Stadium: Ato Boldon Stadium
- Trinidad and Tobago – List of International Matches
- "Guyana - List of International Matches". rsssf.com. Rec.Sport Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 2 December 2011.
- "Guyana: Fixtures and Results". FIFA. Retrieved 2010-07-16.
- "Staff –Nurse among overseas trio to join squad". Guyana Times.