Guyana national football team

Nickname(s) Golden Jaguars
Association Guyana Football Federation
Confederation CONCACAF
(North & Central America)
Sub-confederation CFU (Caribbean)
Head coach Michael Johnson
Top scorer Shawn Beveney (22)
Home stadium Providence Stadium
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 182 (16 August 2018)
Highest 86 (November 2010)
Lowest 185 (February 2004)
Elo ranking
Current 165 (22 May 2018)
Highest 86 (April 1980)
Lowest 183 (April 1996)
First international
British Guiana 1–4 Trinidad and Tobago 
(British Guiana; 21 July 1905)[1]
Biggest win
 Guyana 14–0 Anguilla 
(St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda; 16 April 1998)
Biggest defeat
 Mexico 9–0 Guyana 
(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.[2]


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.[2]


Guyana had a remarkable calendar year 2006, with eleven successive wins, including five CONCACAF Gold Cup qualifiers[3] 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

From November 2012 to October 2014 Guyana failed to play a single game of International football due to off-field problems.[4]

Competition records

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
19301974Did not enter
19781998Did not qualify
2002Suspended by FIFA
20062018Did not qualify
2022To be determined


Current squad

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
1GK Akel Clarke (1988-10-25) 25 October 1988 5 0 Fruta Conquerors FC
1GK Jason Cromwell (1996-10-30) 30 October 1996 0 0 Buxton United FC
1GK Kai McKenzie-Lyle (1997-11-30) 30 November 1997 2 1 Barnet F.C.

2DF Terence Vancooten (1997-12-29) 29 December 1997 2 0 Stevenage FC
2DF Sam Cox (1990-10-10) 10 October 1990 27 1 Wealdstone FC
2DF Jake Newton (1984-06-09) 9 June 1984 25 0 Hamble Club F.C.
2DF Jelani Smith (1991-01-01) 1 January 1991 2 0 Sigma FC
2DF Kevin Dundas {{{age}}} 0 0 Den Amstel
2DF Kevin Layne {{{age}}} 0 0 NA United FC
2DF Ronayne Marsh-Brown (1984-11-13) 13 November 1984 0 0 Whitehawk FC
2DF Kester Jacobs (1987-07-28) 28 July 1987 32 0 Den Amstel

3MF Neil Danns (1982-11-23) 23 November 1982 5 3 Bury FC
3MF Daniel Wilson (1993-11-01) 1 November 1993 20 1 Western Tigers FC
3MF Delwin Fraser (1986-07-11) 11 July 1986 3 0 Guyana Defence Force
4FW Anthony Benfield (1990-12-10) 10 December 1990 11 0 Fruta Conquerors FC
3MF Brandon Beresford (1992-07-15) 15 July 1992 18 2 S.U. 1° de Dezembro
3MF Vurlon Mills (1998-02-11) 11 February 1998 29 8 Western Tigers FC

4FW Andrew Murray (1990-03-20) 20 March 1990 33 5 Morvant Caledonia United
4FW Dellon Lanferman {{{age}}} 2 0 Den Amstel
4FW Pernell Schlutz (1994-04-07) 7 April 1994 9 2 Western Tigers FC
3MF Kelsey Benjamin (1999-05-08) 8 May 1999 1 0 Western Tigers FC
3MF Trayon Bobb (1993-11-05) 5 November 1993 28 4 S.U. 1° de Dezembro
4FW Sheldon Holder (1991-09-03) 3 September 1991 18 3 Morvant Caledonia United


As of 6 June 2018

Head Coach Michael Johnson
Assistant Coach Charles Pollard
Team Manager Rawle Adams
Goalkeeping coach Eon DeVeira
Kitman Trevor Burnett [5]
GFF President Wayne Forde[6]
Technical Director Ian Greenwood[7]

Results and fixtures

Matches in last 12 months, as well as any future scheduled matches



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