The Guyana senior men’s national team moved a step closer to resuming full training on Sunday with the first wave of physical evaluations of players taking place at the Guyana Football Federation’s (GFF) National Training Center in Providence, Demerara East Bank.
The fitness tests provide important information for the coaching staff and will inform individual and squad training regimes in the run-up to the FIFA 2022 World Cup qualifying games in March. The evaluations, which were conducted over two days with different cohorts of players, follow tests on the local squad and backroom staff for COVID-19 as part of protocols implemented under UEFA Assist’s 100-day “Bounceback” program .
The COVID-19 National Task Force has given permission for training to resume provided that strict measures are in place to protect against the spread of the virus.
“Today’s rigorous testing gives our coaches a clear idea of ​​the fitness levels of individual players and what we need to work on to get the squad in peak condition in March,” said GFF President Wayne Forde. “Given the lack of competition over the last year, we are pleased to report that the squad is already looking in good shape thanks in part to the individual training plans given to them by the GFF’s technical team during the lockout.”
“Going forward, we will take all necessary precautions to ensure that the cohort and staff stay safe and well during this time, including regular COVID-19 testing. We look forward to fully resuming training in the coming days, as long as conditions allow, and remain ready to take any action required if the pandemic enters another difficult period . “
GFF Fitness Coach Wilson Toledo and Golden Jaguars Assistant Coach Charles Pollard supervised the fitness evaluations on Sunday, with a total of 25 players going through their stages.
Guyana has been drawn in Group F with Trinidad and Tobago, St Kitts and Nevis, Puerto Rico and The Bahamas for the CONCACAF regional qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, taking place in Qatar. The Golden Jaguars will begin their delayed away campaign against Trinidad and Tobago on March 25. The winner of the group will advance to the second of three qualification rounds.

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