Reggae Boyz bow into Caribbean Cup action
Jamaica will try to salvage some pride for the national football programme when they bow into action in Group One of round three in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Scotia Bank Caribbean Cup qualifiers against Guyana this evening at the Leonora Stadium in Guyana starting 7 p.m. (Ja time).
Following the Reggae Boyz's exit from the 2018 World Cup qualifying, interim head coach Theodore Whitmore has drafted in three of the most prolific strikers locally in the past three years - Montego Bay United's Dino Williams and overseas-based Owayne Gordon and Cory Burke.
The overseas cast also includes seasoned campaigner Je-Vaughn Watson, Kemar Lawrence, Omar Holness, and goalkeeper Andre Blake. United States-based Darren Mattocks and Alvas Powell have been pulled from the squad because of injury.
Jamaica's team manager Roy Simpson, told STAR Sports that the players have settled in well in Guyana, and he expects the new players to use the chance to establish themselves as regulars in the team.
"All the players who were expected are here with us. They are really upbeat and they are ready to grab the opportunity afforded to them by the coach," Simpson stressed.
Jamaica's scheduled first game against Suriname, the other team in the group, was postponed from last Wednesday due to the threat of Hurricane Matthew.
Suriname clipped Guyana 3-2 last Saturday to take the lead in the group with three points.
The 22-man squad at Whitmore's disposal is expected to defeat lowly Guyana. The Guyanese beat Anquilla 7-0 and Puerto Rico 1-0 in the first round before losing 5-2 to Curacao and beating US Virgin Islands to advance to the third round as one of three best third-place teams.