Burrell confident in Reggae Boyz chances

March 29, 2016
Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer (from left) Reggae Boyz Wes Morgan, Demar Phillips, and Michael Hector, stand with Prime Minister the Most Honourable Andrew Holness (second right) and Jamaica Football Federation president Horace Burrell (right) during the singing of the national anthem ahead of the Jamaica vs Costa Rica match at the National Stadium on Friday. The match ended 1-1.

Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) president Captain Horace Burrell has expressed confidence in the Reggae Boyz's ability to win tonight's crucial CONCACAF return leg semi-final round World Cup Qualifier in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Delighted with Jamaicans who poured into the National Stadium last Friday night to fill the stands to near capacity, Burrell underlined that better days are ahead.

"Well, I am very happy that the support has finally come out, and I am hoping that the performance of the team will encourage even more persons to come out for the next game," he told STAR Sports.

Jamaica are third in the four-team group, with four points.

Costa Rica lead with seven points, while Panama are on four points and currently ahead of Jamaica on goal difference. Haiti are at the bottom on one point.

Only the top two teams will advance to the final round.

"We are looking forward to this game in Costa Rica. The players are committed and I think Jamaica is going to feel much better after that because the players have said they are going to do something very special down there (Central America)," Burrell said.

He added that there were no charter flights scheduled, but with the team already settled in Costa Rica, he has called on Jamaicans to rally around them.

Jamaica's Reggae Boyz will not only be against history, but against world-class Costa Rican forward Joel Campbell, who plays for Arsenal, and Real Madrid shot stopper Keylor Navas as they seek to better their 1-1 draw from the National Stadium. They have never defeated Costa Rica for the first time at home.

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