THE Guyana Football Federation (GFF) yesterday announced its 25-man team who will be encamped for the June 2-4 U-15 tournament in St Martin.Guyana will be among ten countries participating in the tournament, and according to the GFF the squad will be reduced to a 16-man travelling team following encampment, which will end tomorrow. The team is scheduled to depart on Thursday June 1.Bryan Joseph was named head coach, while Challous McKinnon will serve as his assistant. Eon DeVeira (goalkeeper coach), Charlene Henry (physiotherapist) and Rohanna Carryl (operations) are the other members of the technical staff, which will be spearheaded by the GFF’s technical director Ian Greenwood.Squad: Shawn Adonis (goalkeeper), Oswin Fredericks (goalkeeper), Jamari Fredericks (goalkeeper), Joshua Braithwaite, Wayne Da Silva, Cyrus Nicholson, Jermaine Padmore, Rickford Emmanuel, Kevin Reddy, Marcus Wilson, Okifi Patoir, Shannon Samnauth, Orville Daniels, Tyrel Khan, Derron Niles, Jermaine Garrett, Ravon Bayley, Trevon Adams, Omari Glasgow, Ken Salvador, Troni Semple, Kamani Milne, Ronaldo Rodrigues, Cephas Chase and Ntini August.
Former Black Stars defender Samuel Osei Kuffuor has lashed out at Ghana’s Under-23 side, the Black Meteors, describing them as the worst national team ever assembled. Ibrahim Tanko’s side were looking to book a place at the Olympic Games for the first time since 2004, but missed out after a penalty shootout loss to South Africa in the 3rd/4th playoff of the U-23 AFCON. Sammy Kuffuor, who won an Olympic bronze medal with the Black Meteors in 1992, says the team suffered for the lack of investment in youth football.“The worst team ever assembled in the history of the nation is the under-23 side that went to Egypt. You couldn’t see anything good in that team and it was a shame watching them. Sometimes it’s very sad as a Ghanaian watching the way these young players play. We need to develop from the youth system.”Africa will be represented at the Tokyo 2020 Games by Egypt, Cote d’Ivoire and South Africa.