Club Ambassador Michael Johnson has thanked Derby County for helping his Guyana side prepare for the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Johnson, 45, took over as Guyana's Head Coach last summer and helped guide them to qualification for this summer's Gold Cup, where they will face holders USA, Panama and Trinidad & Tobago in the group stages.

It’s the first time Guyana have ever qualified for the tournament and Johnson says their journey to the competition has been aided by the support of the football club.

The Rams have allowed Johnson and his staff the chance to utilise the latest equipment to ensure his players are in top condition and fully prepared for their upcoming competition.

It’s set to be a huge occasion for Guyana, who have a population of 777,000 people, and Johnson has thanked Executive Chairman Mel Morris CBE and the club for their continued support.

“I’ve had the opportunity to use analytical staff, opportunity to use the technology, GPS systems, with our training and just the general support and advice from people at the training ground - and Mel Morris himself,” he told

“We wouldn’t have got here without the help and support of Derby County. Without doubt, personally, there is a lot I am thankful for. I can’t not mention the fans too.

“They are watching the games, shouting out on the social media platforms and from the bottom of my heart, I just want to say thank you to everyone connected with Derby County. Let’s hope we do everyone proud.”