Guam national team captain Cunliffe named U17 head coach

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The Guam national team captain Jason Cunliffe has been appointed U17 national team coach, in what can only be described as a very solid appointment by the FA. 

Cunliffe brings vast experience to Guam youngsters

Jason Cunliffe has been the mainstay of the Guam national side for the best part of two decades, and he will bring this wealth of experience to the next generation looking to play for the nation in his new role as U17 team head coach.

Cunliffe has experience of playing professionally in the Philippines for Pachanga Diliman FC in the United Football League (UFL), the precursor to the current Philippines Football League (PFL). He currently plays for Bank of Guam Strykers and still captains the senior side. 

As he is still the current captain of the national team, he will surely be someone that the youngsters looking to break through will look up to, what the 'western style media' like to term a 'role model'.

Cunliffe was instrumental in getting Guam into the World Cup qualifying group stage in the ongoing Qatar 2022 qualifying, scoring a hat trick against Bhutan at home to help overturn a 1-0 away defeat.

This vital experience will be passed on down to the youngsters, and they will be hoping some of them heed the advice given to them by a highly capped player, to date, Cunliffe has featured in 59 of Guam’s fixtures against FIFA member countries, the most for any player from Guam.

Cunliffe first got his start for the team in their national program in 1998 as the captain of U16 Boys National Team at the AFC U16 Championship Qualifiers in Nepal. Cunliffe later made his senior-level debut on April 3, 2006, in the AFC Challenge Cup Bangladesh 2006 as a starting player in Guam’s match against the host country.

Since then he has never looked back and has become inseparable from the Guam national side. One does not come without the other.

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