Guyana aiming to make impact in CONCACAF Nations League

first_imgGUYANA’S ‘Golden Jaguars’ are looking to make an impact in the 2017/2018 CONCACAF Nations League and are hoping that a positive showing in the competition can be instrumental in their goal to become a top-five ranked Caribbean nation by 2021.According to Technical Director of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF), Ian Greenwood, Guyana sees the Nations League as the perfect stage for the country to have sustained international participation which will aid in the country’s overall development.“For Guyana and the region, the CONCACAF Nations League is the ideal competition for development,” Greenwood told on Thursday.“Having sustained international fixtures is the only way that we can develop as a region. It’s been too many times where the countries are not playing enough competitive football. For Guyana itself, it is a great platform to really establish ourselves as one of the top teams in the Caribbean.“Having a structured format where we will be playing competitive international fixtures on a regular basis can only lead to positive things for us as a country. It is also a clear pathway for our younger players being developed in Guyana to have something to aspire to in terms of realistic opportunities to qualify for further CONCACAF tournaments,” said Greenwood who is a former academy and youth team coach with English clubs, Leeds United and Huddersfield Town.Greenwood noted that Guyana are in a rebuilding phase at the moment with their biggest accomplishment in recent years being their progress to the CONCACAF semi-final round of the 2014 World Cup qualification.“We are currently in a rebuilding phase. We have young players based in Guyana and Guyanese based in the UK and North America. We have the raw materials to be a top-five team in the Caribbean and have had a lot of key players coming through our system. We feel that we can be very competitive going into these first set of games in the Nations League. We are expecting positive performances and good results along the way,” Greenwood said.Guyana will be facing Barbados, Turks and Caicos Islands, French Guiana and Belize for the opening phase of the Nations League qualifiers. Guyana will play hosts to Barbados and Belize in September 2018 and March 2019 respectively in the first and final qualifier while the Turks and Caicos Islands and French Guiana will host Guyana in October and November 2018.The Guyana Women are also engaged in the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifiers in May.“The female programme has been recently relaunched in the country as well with a big focus on young players coming into the setup,” Greenwood noted.“We recently competed in the CFU Women’s Challenge Series in Trinidad with a lot of 15- and 16-year-olds in the squad. We also have a mix of Guyanese players based abroad. We are confident that over the next three to four years we can be a strong team in the region.”Overall, Greenwood is pleased with the assistance being received from CONCACAF towards Guyana’s football development, particularly as it relates to coach education and league development.“From CONCACAF’s standpoint, one of the major aspects we have been engaged in recently has been the coach licensing programmes because coach education is massive for us. Recently, we had three coaching instructors trained by CONCACAF which will help raise the level of coaching in the country. The support we have been getting from CONCACAF in club development is also a major aspect we are looking to move forward with.“Overall the engagements we have with CONCACAF on the development side through the One CONCACAF funding is really helping to establish our development programmes and raising the level of professionalism and capacity within the country,” said Greenwood.He was also clear on the objectives of the GFF, stating that the Federation has “recently established a national academy structure which is the first time Guyana has had such a structure. We are looking to have our youth teams participate in every competition.“We have goals for our national senior team to be top a Caribbean team and a top FIFA one hundred-ranked team in the next two to three years. Ultimately, we also want to triple our licensed coaches in the country and increase the player population. We have 40 qualified CONCACAF D Licensed coaches which we intend to double and also move up to the C Licensed.”last_img read more

Man Utd’s win over Liverpool keeps the pressure on Brendan Rodgers

first_img Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Robin van Persie scored the goals as Louis van Gaal’s men cemented their place in third position in the Premier League, five points back from Manchester City.  Upd. at 19:33 CET 14/12/2014 “I thought we did enough to win the game,” Rodgers told Sky Sports after the defeat.  Liverpool are now 10 points behind United and their latest defeat confirmed their worst start to a season for 50 years. Mata added the second – possibly from an offside position – with his head just before the break and he then set up Van Persie to complete the scoring in the second half. Rodgers had made some big calls with his team selection. He dropped goalkeeper Simon Mignolet for Brad Jones and opted for a striker-less formation, with Raheem Sterling occupying the most advanced role. center_img It took United just 12 minutes to open the scoring. Antonio Valencia’s darting run and cross was met by Rooney, who accurately sent the ball past Jones. Manchester United piled the pressure on Brendan Rodgers with a 3-0 win against Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon. Sport EN “It probably epitomised our season, we’re not prolific enough in terms of goalscoring. “We created enough chances to win the game but we also made defensive mistakes. “I think David De Gea was man of the match, that doesn’t surprise me. I’ve seen him have four or five games like that.”last_img read more

UFC Fight Night 143

first_imgAdvertisement a0g26rlNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vszxq8mWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E6g0( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 6dvq7Would you ever consider trying this?😱7filCan your students do this? 🌚21tedRoller skating! 294cfSee more on YT⬇️⬇️⬇️See morejBody tricks that only special people can do pt-16lqsHow though? 🤔😂#AdrenalineJunkies714A visualization of how Karma works b1i9fo76k6Powered by Firework In 2018, the UFC crowned two champ-champs, as Daniel Cormier and Amanda Nunes each moved up a weight class and claimed a second belt. This weekend, 135-pound king T.J. Dillashaw will move down in weight to challenge Henry Cejudo for the Flyweight Title. For the first time, a UFC fighter will move down in weight for a shot to become a simultaneous two-division champion. The Co-Main event will see a former NFL player, Greg Hardy make his debut inside the Octagon this weekend.Advertisement Flyweight Title Bout – Henry Cejudo vs T J DillashawAdvertisement In the latest champion versus champion showdown, flyweight king Henry Cejudo will put his title on the line against TJ Dillashaw, who moves down from 135 pounds for the opportunity to win a second belt. Fighters Profile:Advertisement  Henry Cejudo:Henry ‘The Messenger’ Cejudo, an Olympic gold medallist in wrestling is coming off a career-defining win by dethroning former champion Demetrious Johnson at UFC 227 back in August of 2018. “The Messenger”, has won three fights in a row while growing in stature each time he gets inside the Octagon. Henry Cejudo holds a slight grappling advantage over his opponent along with powerful wrestling abilities. To make his first successful title defence, Cejudo will have to beat one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the sport when he takes on TJ Dillashaw this weekend. In the build up to this much anticipated fight “The Messenger” says, “A true UFC division champion never goes down a division to win a belt, champions go up and win the belt. I am going to make TJ Dillashaw pay for every inch of pound he has lost. I am out here to finish TJ Dillashaw and make a statement and make Flyweight division great again.”T.J. DillashawT.J. Dillashaw steps down a weight class to take on flyweight champion Henry Cejudo for the 125-pound title. An elite Bantamweight for several years and now legacy-chasing TJ Dillashaw aims to be the best and not just UFC’s next double division champion. He enters the contest with back-to-back knockout wins over former champion Cody Garbrandt. Dillashaw has a big spotlight on him after he cut down to 125 pounds to fight in flyweight division. According to UFC champion and analyst Daniel Cormier “TJ Dillashaw is the best UFC bantamweight of all time but going down one division to be a two-division champion seems a bit unreal”Both fighters went down against their respective opponents last August at UFC 227, so two champs have virtually been on a collision course with one another for the past five months. It all comes to a head this weekend in Brooklyn.Heavyweight Bout – Greg Hardy vs Allen Crowder Fighters Profile Greg Hardy MMA fighter Greg Hardy is a former American Football player who was in the news for all of the wrong reasons in the recent years. Charges of domestic violence and a raft of media attention has not deterred the 265-pound 30-year old from his goal of making a big name for himself in mixed martial arts. He will make his UFC debut after just three professional fights while amassing a 3-0 record with all his wins coming by way of first-round knockout. As a natural athlete, Hardy has all the tools to become a top-flight heavyweight but he is yet to be tested on the canvas and hasn’t had a long fight to test his stamina.Allen CrowderAllen Crowder, who didn’t fight at all in 2018, will return to the Octagon against a controversial figure this weekend. Allen Crowder enters this fight with a 9-3 record and has won 56 percent of his fights by knockout. Although he is facing a controversial opponent known for the best knockouts, Allen thinks, “In the heavyweight division, you have to worry about anyone knocking you out. If you make a mistake you are going to pay for it. You always have to worry about that knockout power. I don’t plan on letting him get that knockout shot. I will enter this fight with a game plan and I have pretty good game plan in mind.”  Advertisementlast_img read more