The Rams legend and club ambassador steered Guyana into the finals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Prior to Saturday night’s game, Guyana had claimed a 3-0 win over Barbados, while Turks and Caicos Islands were hammerred 8-0 to set up a crunch clash against Belize.
Neil Danns opened the scoring for the Golden Jaguars in the 16th minute and, even though Elroy Kuylen equalised for Belize, Emery Welshman grabbed the winner before the break.
Guyana managed to get through a tense second half to run out 2-1 winners and qualified for the Gold Cup, which will be held in Costa Rica, America and a Caribbean country later this year.
Derby congratulated their club ambassador with a Twitter post:
An incredible achievement.— Derby County (@dcfcofficial) March 24, 2019
In his first managerial role, our Club Ambassador and former captain Michael Johnson has guided Guyana to the finals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup for the first time in their history.
Congratulations, @Jonsarno! pic.twitter.com/9ciou0XyNT
Johnson himself replied with an emotional message to the club's well-wishes:
A number of Rams fans took to the social media platform to praise Johnson, alongside a number of icons of English football:
Congratulations Johnno you are making a massive difference and we’re all proud of you. Keep up the great work and hopefully you finish the job with a win in the final. ⭐️— Kevin Campbell (@1kevincampbell) March 24, 2019
Fantastic news, massive congratulations on this achievement. Well done to you and your team. Never in doubt— Wayne Barnes (@WayneBarnes4) March 24, 2019
Fantastic achievement Jonno!— Clare (@fiestyclare) March 24, 2019
Johnson was at Derby between 2003 and 2008, making 148 appearances, according to Transfermarkt, and also played for the likes of Birmingham City, Sheffield Wednesday and Notts County, as well as the Jamaica national team.
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