Head coach Joseph Wilson (pictured) guided Slingerz FC to the 2015/16 Guyana Stag Elite League Genesis title.
LEONORA, Guyana -- In summing up his side’s setback to Alpha United Guyana Stag Elite League (SEL) Finale final on Sunday evening into Monday morning, Slingerz FC head coach Joseph Wilson emphasized the tightly contested nature of the encounter.
He was speaking with the media after The Hammer prevailed 3-0 on penalty on kicks after regulation and extra time failed to separate the two giants of local football.
“Tough game, it is unfortunate that we lost on penalty kicks,” said Wilson. “I thought we were the better team, but we all know that in the penalty shootout, it never determines who the better team is on the night. It determines who the winner is but never determines the winner on the night.”
Wilson has promised that his side will come better in one last final that will, once and for all, determine the overall SEL champion, since Slingerz captured the Genesis (opening tournament) and Alpha took the Finale (closing tournament).
“Hopefully, at the next game, we’re going to convert our chances,” Wilson commented. “We’re going to be more clinical in front of goal. Hopefully, we correct it and we come out successful the next game.”
Slingerz was without the services of the instrumental forward Vurlon Mills, but Wilson noted emphatically that the Guyana international’s absence did not affect the team.
“Never, never,” stressed the manager. “Slingerz Football Club, Slingerz football team is a group of individuals and not individuals playing the game.”
When asked if his players are laboring mentally, Wilson said that it was too early to make such an analysis, but he would have to gauge their attitude when they return to training for what he described as, “the real game.”
The Guyana Football Federation has not yet announced a date for the league final.