It was an international debut for Callum Harriott that will no doubt live in his memory forever after he helped his nation, ranked 177th in the world, to the finals of their first ever major competition.
A historic 2-1 win over Belize on Saturday 23rd March was more than enough to seal their place in the finals of the competition.
Reflecting on the success of both the team and himself, Harriott, who is eligible to play for Guyana through his grandparents, said: “It was amazing. It was my first game for Guyana and I was really happy with how it went. It was a really great experience.
"Playing international football is something that I’ve been looking forward to for a long time and it was such a big game for the country.”
Hands up if your going to the @goldcup 👋🏾👋🏾🎉 One team One dream 🇬🇾 History has just been made in Guyana ... Grandma & Grandad I felt your joy inside me all the way through ❤️ what it meant to everyone out here can not be described 🙏🏾⚽️ pic.twitter.com/Lcd0Nit4k1— Callum Harriott (@Ckharriott) March 24, 2019
In terms of the unprecedented success that his team achieved, Harriott believes that it is the preparation and determination that got them over the line.
The Gold Cup is set to take place in June this year and will be hosted across Costa Rica, the United States and Jamaica.
“I think with the way that we prepared for it,” Harriott went on to say.
“Everyone dug deep and we got the result that we wanted.
“There’s a cheeky little trip in the summer to America for the Gold Cup, but the main thing is to get focussed and keep our heads because there is still a long way to go.”