(ABOVE) Players from Guyana listen to head coach Jamaal Shabazz (standing left) during training on April 26, 2015
GEORGETOWN, Guyana – Guyana head coach Jamaal Shabazz has disclosed that a selection of locally-based players have displayed a high level of eagerness and commitment ahead of Thursday’s international friendly at neighboring Suriname.
The 51-year-old Trinidadian believes that the encounter will provide the ideal stage for them to demonstrate their credentials to play at the next level.
“They don’t have the help of players coming in who are in season, so it will be an interesting truth that will be discovered after this game and exactly what we want to know going into the selection process for the qualifiers will be told to us,” Shabazz remarked.
The Golden Jaguars will be keen to maintain their unbeaten record in 2015 (2W-1D-0L) as they prepare for a pair World Cup qualifiers against St. Vincent & the Grenadines in June.
“We have a big rivalry with this country (Suriname),” continued Shabazz. “We have put tears in their eyes and they have put tears in our eyes. How can we forget? So we go and try to win and get a positive result. This is football.”
The match will be played at Andre Kamperveen Stadium in Paramaribo.