CONCACAF U20 Cham­pi­onship Guyana to bat­tle for pride against El Sal­vador

Stabroek News - - SPORT - By Dun­can Saul in Braden­ton, Florida

Fol­low­ing a dis­ap­point­ing cam­paign high­lighted by three con­sec­u­tive losses, Guyana will bat­tle group leader and un­de­feated El Sal­vador tonight at 8 pm in

the CONCACAF U20 Cham­pi­onship at the IMG Academy, Florida, USA. The teams en­ter what will be the third meet­ing of the na­tions in con­trast­ing po­si­tions, with Guyana in the cel­lar and among only three teams yet to se­cure a point in the tour­na­ment.

Their present predica­ment oc­curred af­ter losses to Gu­atemala, the Cay­man Is­lands and Cu­ra­cao. On the other hand, El Sal­vador has sealed their berth to the knock­out round fol­low­ing an un­de­feated cam­paign with wins against Cu­ra­cao and Gu­atemala and a stale­mate with the Cay­man Is­lands. Stabroek Sports spoke to Head­Coach Wayne Dover prior to their fi­nal prac­tice ses­sion. Asked how the man­age­ment team will mo­ti­vate the play­ers for the matchup given their con­sec­u­tive losses, Dover said, “From a men­tal stand­point what we can do is take the pos­i­tives out of the game [Cu­ra­cao], high­light all the good things they have done which could have given us the vic­tory and we will let them re­alise that they did well in those re­gards and try to build on that.” Ac­cord­ing to Dover, “We won’t spend too much time deal­ing with the neg­a­tives even though we want to high­light a few things that went wrong and caused us so we wouldn’t make the same mis­takes but build on the pos­i­tives so that we could mo­ti­vate them to come out and be more pos­i­tive in the next game.” He re­vealed, “More than likely most of the play­ers will go through a re­cov­ery ses­sion to get them back up to speed and those that did not play we will give them a ses­sion that keeps their mus­cles ac­tive. We are go­ing through the tac­tics, more on the de­fen­sive side to see how we can stop the flood­gates of the many goals that we con­ceded. Of course, we are still go­ing through the of­fen­sive pat­tern that we worked on in the last three days and play in the last two games that gave us two goals. We will be pos­i­tive in that re­gard.” Quizzed about the ap­proach for the im­pend­ing fix­ture, Dover re­vealed, “We will ap­proach the fi­nal game with the same ef­fort which is try and come out with a win so that we could try and regis­ter a win and don’t be the only team with­out a win. We scored some goals but we have con­ceded many goals so we want to at least end the tour­na­ment with a win so we will give ev­ery­thing in the last game to see how best we get that win.” He fur­ther af­firmed, “The first game we sat deep and we played five in mid­field, four at the back and one at the top. We played the line three po­si­tion and still con­cede four goals so given the fact that we al­ready lost three games there is no need to sit deep and pre­tend like we don’t want to con­cede goals, we want to score goals and win the game. We will try see how best we can cor­rect the aware­ness of the play­ers at the next ses­sion and hope that they can be dis­ci­plined de­fen­sively and we score some goals and win the game so we can come out with three points.” Ques­tioned on if he is dis­ap­pointed in the team’s over­all per­for­mance, Dover de­clared, “To say dis­ap­pointed might be too harsh on the lads be­cause I would feel the dis­ap­point­ment if we were in a po­si­tion com­fort­ably with ev­ery­thing that was re­quired to make this team come out here to com­pete at a level to qual­ify. If I was in that po­si­tion, I would Group-F Team E/Sal­vador Gu­atemala Cay­man Is Cu­ra­cao Guyana MP W 3 3 4 2 . 3 1 3 1 3 0 L 0 1 1 2 3 have said that given the fact that ev­ery­thing was what we wanted we could have been dis­ap­pointed but I think the lads fought un­der the cir­cum­stances and the most I can say for me as a coach I am hurt but I am not dis­ap­pointed with the play­ers.” D 0 1 1 0 0 GF 7 10 6 6 5 GA 3 5 7 8 11 GD +4 +5 -1 -2 -6 Pts. 9 7 4 3 0

Flash­back: Goal­keeper Ju­main Cum­ber­batch of Guyana smoth­er­ing the dan­ger against Cu­ra­cao dur­ing the sec­ond half at the IMG Academy, Florida, USA in the CONCACAF Men’s U20 Cham­pi­onship

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