Some Golden Jaguars man­age­ment staff still owed $$ for U20 games

Stabroek News - - STABROEK SPORT -

De­spite re­turn­ing from their dis­as­trous CON­CA­CAF U20 Men’s Cham­pi­onship in Florida on Novem­ber 11th, some of the Golden Jaguars man­age­ment staff are still owed stipends by the Guyana Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion [GFF].

This was re­vealed by a source close to the fed­er­a­tion. Ac­cord­ing to the source, “They still owe sev­eral mem­bers of the man­age­ment staff half of the money, which is around $70,000 per per­son. They had given the team half be­fore they left and the staff was told that they would re­ceive the other half when they re­turned. The staff has been run­ning around and has got­ten no word from any­one in­side the GFF.”

The source fur­ther said, “They have not given them a time­line for the pay­ment, all for the ex­cep­tion of Head­Coach Wayne Dover and Wil­son Toledo who are staff of the GFF, the other five or so in­di­vid­u­als that were on the man­age­ment team are owed. They in­clude the other coaches, team man­ager, equip­ment man­ager, team doc­tor and phys­io­ther­a­pist.”

This is a re­cur­ring theme of foot­ball na­tional teams that de­part lo­cal shores, with play­ers not spared from this em­bar­rass­ing sit­u­a­tion. De­spite par­tic­i­pat­ing at the CON­CA­CAF Beach Foot­ball Qual­i­fiers from Fe­bru­ary 20th26th 2017 in The Ba­hamas, the Guyana Men’s Na­tional Beach Foot­ball Team, is yet to re­ceive their re­mu­ner­a­tion from the fed­er­a­tion. This was dis­closed by mem­bers of the team, who spoke on the con­di­tion of anonymity dur­ing an ear­lier in­ter­view with this news­pa­per.

Ac­cord­ing to the play­ers, “When we were in Bar­ba­dos [for an ear­lier in­vi­ta­tional tour­na­ment] we al­most got put out of the ho­tel be­cause the GFF didn’t have the fund­ing. Each player was sup­posed to get about US$700, but they give us US$250 and said when we go to Ba­hamas we would get the rest and when we went to Ba­hamas, they didn’t give us any­thing.”

The play­ers stated, “They [GFF] said when we came back home they would have dealt with it. That is more than one year now and they still owe us. They owe at least US$400 per player and it was 12 play­ers. The GFF said they would call us and never did. No one from the GFF has con­tacted us for months. Sim­i­larly, the GFF still owes monies to the play­ers who took part in a one-off foot­ball match in In­done­sia in Novem­ber 2017. This was also dis­closed by a player who spoke to Stabroek Sport on the con­di­tion of anonymity.

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