GUYANESE FOOTBALL is rife with corruption according to one of today’s speakers at the Play The Game conference. Senior journalism lecturer at Coventry University, John Mair, will be presenting this afternoon in the Hillman Theatre about the murder and mayhem which has troubled the sport in the South American country over the last 20 years, writes Danni Cox.
While the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) receives a lot of money in sponsorship, it is rumoured that much of it is systematically pilfered by the top bodies, leaving little funding available for those who make the game what it is – the players.
But how much of this funding is intended to actually supplement and support the game? The country is an acknowledged distribution point for narcotics – primarily cocaine – and the sponsorship money the GFF receives may be called into question.
The national team, better known as ‘the Golden Jaguars’, have themselves demanded that changes be made to the system, but potential links with organized crime within the country have kept things firmly in place.