U-17's open World Cup qualifying campaign
Even though Bermuda is considered the weakest team in the group, Jamaica's coach Andrew Edwards says Jamaica will not take them for granted when the teams face off in the opening Group A game of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Under-17 World Cup qualifiers at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Trinidad and Tobago today at 5:30 p.m.
"Even though they (Bermuda) are considered the weakest team in the group, it is our first game, and your first game can be tricky sometimes, but we are mindful of that. We want to defend very strongly from the start and score as many goals as we can in the event things are determined by goal difference," Edwards told STAR Sports from Trinidad.
He believes that if the team turns in a good performance and gets a good result, it would put them in a favourable position at the end of the first match day, as Trinidad will play Haiti in the evening's other game.
"It can be an advantage, and we have to see it that way. We have to go out aggressively and get the victory with as many goals as possible. It will give us an opportunity to also look at the so-called stronger teams in the group and make our technical plans for those games, so it does give us an advantage and we want to utilise that advantage to the very best," he reasoned.
"But after we have played them, everything will get increasingly difficult, so it's very important that we get the best result possible," he said.
The top-two teams from the groups will advance to the semi-finals, where they will go up against the top- two teams from Group B, which include Cuba, Curacao, Guadeloupe and Suriname.