For the first time in the history of Guyana the under-17 Lady Jags National Football (Soccer Team), secured a place in the 2022 Women’s CONCACAF Championship.
The team pulled off an impressive win, beating Anguilla 1- nil, in an exciting, nail-biting, first match on Oct. 28, at IMG Academy, Bradenton, Florida.
Sue Edwards from Region 7 Guyana, scored the winning goal in the first half of the game against Anguilla.
The team, comprising15 Guyana-based players, 1 Canada-based and 2 American-based players, moved on to their second round of matches on Oct. 30, representing Guyana at the CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship. However, the ladies lost, after being trounced by Honduras, 6-0.
The young lady ballers who showed determination and skill on the field, putting up a good fight with great strength and ability in their third match against Turks & Caicos on Monday, Nov. 1, beat their opponent in a magnificent comeback win, Guyana 6 – Turks & Caicos 0.
The Guyana Lady Jags earned their historical victory advancing to the FIFA qualifiers. Anaya Willabus scored the first goal, followed by Sandra Johnson, second goal by Willabus, and then Jalade Trim. All three girls scored two each for a total of six goals.
Some of the seasoned players were Anaya Willabus, from Brooklyn, Sydney Facey from Canada, and Jalade Trim from Guyana, who played together in 2018 with the U-15 squad.
Other team members were Sara Matthies, Alyssa Blake, Akeelah Vancotten, Ciara Sarius, Nakasi St. Jules, Karen Jupiter, Sue Edwards, and Sandra Johnson.
Subs were, Anostasha Coppin, Shameen Russel, Myrlie Jack, and Rashona Edwards, among others.
The Guyana National Under-17 football team, nicknamed the Golden Jaguars, represents Guyana in international football and is controlled by the Guyana Football Federation.
The team’s head coach and manager is Akilah Castello from Linden, on the Demerara River of Guyana.