Under 17 Boyz to face USA in friendlies

October 15, 2016
Edwards

Jamaica Under-17 team will engage the United States of America (USA) in two friendly international games in preparation for the CONCACAF tournament next April.

The international friendly games are scheduled to be played on November 2 and November 6. The venue for the first game on November 2 is yet to be finalised by the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), while the second game on November 6 is set for Winchester Park, St George's College.

The CONCACAF tournament will serve as a qualifier for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in India next November.

Coach of Jamaica Under-17 team Andrew Edwards is very happy that the JFF secured the games against the USA Under-17 team.

"The games will be very important ones as we continue preparation for the CONCACAF tournament. The more the team plays, the more they will develop," Edwards told STAR Sports on Thursday.

"In CONCACAF, you don't get much better opponent than the USA, so the games will certainly determine where we are," he added.

Edwards disclosed that the team will resume training on Saturday, October 29 for the friendly games.

"There will be a few players that were not a part of the squad that went to Trinidad and qualified for the CONCACAF stage that we will be giving opportunities to play against quality opponent," the head coach disclosed.

Those games apart, the USA team will also play against a local club team, to be named, on Friday, November 4 at a venue to be decided.

President of the JFF Captain Horace Burrell in a release sent yesterday, said: "JFF has secured some crucial high profile international practice games for the national under-17 team as they prepare for the CONCACAF round."

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