THE Guyana Table Tennis Association (GTTA) has named a strong team to represent the country in the table tennis competition of the multi-sport Inter-Guiana ‘Goodwill’ Games. Players are expected to begin group training from today as they prepare for the October 20-24 event in Guyana. The team, which comprises six core players and four backup players, includes Boys: Shemar Britton, Elishaba Johnson, Kyle Edghill, Miguel Wong, and Nicholas Romain, while on the distaff side there are Priscilla Greaves, Selenas Jackman, Nevaeh Clarkson, Davonna Best, and Aneka Phillips.The team is largely made up of players who were selected for the event last year before that hosting of the Games was cancelled. Although the players have all been training individually with their respective clubs, national coach Linden Johnson said that the team will begin training collectively from today at the National Gymnasium.Johnson hinted that training for the squad will be tough because all the players have pressing academic commitments. They also have to work with the availability schedule of the Gymnasium since other sporting disciplines will be using the facility in their preparations.Johnson indicated that while the training will be tough for the players, they have all signalled their willingness to make the sacrifice to put in the work needed.“The training will be effective from tomorrow. We had to work out the schedule for training because not only table tennis will be training for the Games so we had to make way for other sports also at Gymnasium.“We will play from 17:00hrs. Some of our players are at school so they will come off sometimes at 20:30hrs, after lessons, and these players will train from about 21:00hrs to 23.00hrs. They are making the sacrifice to do the training,” Johnson said.The Guyana team will compete with a team from Suriname at the Games, and rumour has it that Suriname is looking to field a fierce team. Johnson says the Guyana side will not be taking any chances and will be preparing as hard as ever.“The Goodwill is just around the corner and we want to take no chances with Suriname; also they might be bringing players from Holland, so we have to get our strongest team. We’re going to be training every day.It’s a pretty good team, we have a lot of confidence in them as a team. Even though they haven’t been training as a team as yet, they’ve all been doing their individual training, so we stand a good chance,” Johnson commented.Apart from table tennis, teams from Guyana and Suriname will also compete in athletics, swimming, volleyball, futsal and basketball. Both athletics and swimming have already named their teams for the event. Athletics has a 28-member team while swimming has a 12-member team, as well as two reserves.
THIRTY-TWO teams will be in action from this weekend, following the launch of the STAG Beer Easter Futsal Festival yesterday at the company’s Beterverwagting boardroom.The tournament will feature 22 Georgetown teams, along with two teams each from West Bank Demerara, East Bank Demerara, East Coast Demerara, and Linden.During yesterday’s launch, tournament promoter Frank ‘English’ Parris contended that the tournament, apart from a brief hiatus, had been going for just over 19 years.He noted that the event was his brainchild (Santos Football Club) and after a few years, Ansa McAl joined under the Carib Beer brand.Kashif Muhammad, head of the Kashif and Shanghai Organisation and tournament organiser, said that after being contacted, they were more than happy to come on board.He said after teaming up last year for the International Futsal Tournament, the organisation was very pleased to be involved.Apart from STAG, Dynas Trading, Star Party Rentals, Sonic Boom and 94.1 are also sponsors.The winners of the tournament will pocket $700 000.Brand Events coordinator Nigel Worrell, during his remarks stated that “STAG beer has become a brand synonymous with football in Guyana.”Fans, who are in attendance on any of the 11 playing nights, will have a chance to win special STAG prizes, he stated.Games will take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays to avoid a direct conflict with the Guyana Football Federation’s (GFF) Elite League tournament.This, organisers noted, was to allow those Elite League players the option (if granted permission by the GFF) to play in the tournament.April 27 is the tentative date for the final.
CAF CONFED CUPRivers United Skipper, Festus Austine, and forward, Bernard Ovoke, strongly believe they can redeem their image when they play Moroccan outfit, FUS Rabat, on the last match day of the CAF Confederation Cup group stage today.Although, United lost for the first time at home to Club Africain, the duo see the last match as a must-win.â€œRivers United will fight hard to redeem lost image against FUS Rabat,â€ Austine stated.Enterprising Bernard Ovoke said: â€œWe created chances, but lost to hard luck. We promise to do better on Friday (today). â€The Stanley Eguma side must win well in Rabat to qualify from this group and hope result between Club Africain and KCCA favours them.Namibian referee, Jackson Pavaza, will handleÂ Fridayâ€™sÂ crucial match in Rabat.Although United failed to convert chances created against the Tunisians, todayâ€™s match must produce desired goals to boost their chances.United edged FUS Rabat 1-0 when both sides clashed during the reverse fixture in Port-harcourt onÂ May 24.Â Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram