Boyz confident of win

March 24, 2016

The Reggae Boyz are confident that they will beat Costa Rica for the fourth time when the teams clash in a crucial CONCACAF World Cup Qualification Group B fixture at the National Stadium, tomorrow, starting at 7 p.m.

Attackers Simon Dawkins and AndrE Clennon say that it is important for the team to win against group leaders Costa Rica at 'The Office'.

However, it won't be an easy task. In 25 head-to-head clashes since 1963, Jamaica have won only three times, with 10 draws and 12 defeats.

The last time both teams met, the game ended in a 2-2 draw in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, last July. Before that, on September 10, 2013, the teams battled to a 1-1 draw in the 2014 World Cup qualifier.

penultimate stage

Simon Dawkins, whose goal against Nicaragua pushed The Reggae Boyz into the penultimate stage on the road to the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia, says the team is ready for battle.

"It should be a good one. We will face a good Costa Rica team. The last few games have been good for us, so we are going for this one to keep pace," Dawkins told The Star Sports yesterday, while at Petrojam Limited's sponsorship presentation.

"I am back with the team and looking forward to this clash. The group is a good one with a balance of experience and young lads," he said.

AndrE Clennon, who is on loan to Finnish club VPS, from local club Arnett Gardens also expressed confidence.

"It is always a good feeling to be a part of the Reggae Boyz. We have some good players, and I'm confident that we will win," he stated.

Meanwhile, President of the Jamaica Football Federation, Captain Horace Burrell, disclosed that the Costa Ricans will be coming with strong support.

"They (Costa Rica) have purchased 1,500 tickets and still wanted more for the grandstand. They have booked a third of the grandstand. But I told them no more, unless they wanted to go to the Bleachers section," Burrell said.

He is also encouraging Jamaica to come out and fill the Stadium as the support is very important.

Jamaica is on three points from two games, behind Costa Rica (6), while Panama also has three points with Haiti without a point in Group B. The top two teams will advance to the final CONCACAF stage.

Jamaica will also face Costa Rica away on Tuesday.

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