Under-17 female football team captain, Rachel Walters, says with minor improvements, this national squad has the potential to qualify for the World Cup Finals in Jordan next year.The young Reggae Girlz beat Haiti 2-1 to lift the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Under-17 Women’s Championship in Haiti recently, and Walters, one ofthe team’s standout players at the tournament, says this group knows what is at stake and she wants to be the first captain to lead the country into a FIFA women’s championship.”I am very confident in this set of players. We know what is at stake and what we can do to make it to the World Cup,” she told The Gleaner upon the team’s arrival at the Norman Manley International Airport yesterday.”We need to improve both our defensive and attacking, but we have more overseas players coming in and I think the team will be better. Plus we will have more camps, and that will help with the chemistry, and when we have chemistry we play better,” Walters stated.The 17-year-old St Jago High School student who plays in defence said the team had to fight hard for success in Haiti and believes she played her role in motivating her team as captain.”I feel very elated; the team went out strong believing in ourselves and that we could do the job. The final was very competitive, but we got an early goal and we dug deep to come out victorious,” said Walters.”I thought I did a fairly good job as captain. I went out knowing what we had at stake and I had to stay focused and motivate my teammates and ensure that the job was done.”I really believe the team can reach the World Cup, and I would love to be the captain who does it,” she added.
Dear Editor,Kindly permit these comments to supplement some of what has been said already regarding the government’s controversial motion passed in praise of the late PNC MP, Mr. Abdul Kadir, despite his terrorism-related conviction in a US Federal Court.Some now argue that Washington should respect Guyana’s right to self-determination and should not have criticized the Kadir motion.Maybe the problem is not Washington, but Georgetown. Perhaps that argument should have been made when Mr. Kadir was taken off a plane in Trinidad.Not everything submitted into those proceedings by the US government were necessarily gospel. Who will question when Georgetown is silent?Of interest to the Guyanese public, during the trial of Mr. Kadir and his co-conspirators, a US agent testified as to the content of a “five-year development plan” or report that was created by and seized from Mr. Kadir’s home in Linden, along with other items.These include computer files, writings, prayer books, speeches, a “photograph of a bloody severed head with Arabic writing underneath the head,” a partial phonebook titled “important phone numbers,” religious literature, anti-Iraq literature, Linden mining documents, Tehran Times newspapers, and yes, “PNC documents.”Washington is rightly serious about terrorism. If local party documents such as the aforesaid “PNC documents” surfaces in a terrorism trial, then Washington will take note. To do otherwise, is irrational and risky. Guyana is a transshipment point for certain schools of global terrorism and Guyanese ought to be vigilant.As such, the Guyanese public should, like Washington, be extremely concerned about the late PNC MP’s “five-year development plan,” compiled for the benefit of Iran. How could such a serious plan exist at the home of a PNC MP, and Georgetown including Congress Place be unaware or silent?In it the late PNC MP detailed how elements may infiltrate major Guyanese institutions, for the benefit of Iran and other forces. The national army or GDF, which the PNC likes to believe, owes that party more allegiance than to the Guyanese people, or the concept of self-rule, is being set up by a PNC MP for infiltration or weakening.The police, the government (“ministries”), local newspapers and radio stations are also to be targeted. In order to help achieve all of this infiltration, the PNC MP suggested that “forged” documents be used and as well as persons with multiple citizenships, which is to say, introduce persons with transnational background into Guyana’s community to weaken it.In his five-year report, the late PNC MP provided information regarding the “gross agricultural output of Guyana,” the relationship between the then government and the trade union congress, about influential persons in the then government, and stated that “the local army about 3,000 strong is now sinking low in morale, many soldiers have left, some for Venezuela, Brazil, and others for the road.”Sincerely,Rakesh Rampertab