Confident Cuban U-17s arrive for two-match friendly
Cuba's National Under-17 squad arrived here yesterday, full of confidence to face their Jamaican counterparts in a two-match friendly series.
The Cubans will take on the junior Reggae Boyz in the opening match at Winchester Park tomorrow. The second game is carded for the Jamaica Football Federation Technical Centre at the University of the West Indies. Both games are scheduled to start at 3'o'clock.
Cuba's coach Rufino Sotolongo said they are taking the games very seriously because it forms an important part of their preparations for the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers.
"We have watched them twice before in Panama and so we know a bit about them, they have very good players and we respect them and we are expecting to see some good things from them in these games," said Sotolongo.
Both teams met in the Caribbean Under-17 qualifiers last year and the Cubans came away 1-0 winners. However, Sotolongo said he is expecting a tougher game from the Jamaicans this time around.
Both countries are preparing for the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship, which is scheduled to be played in Panama from April 21 to May 7.
The CONCACAF Under-17 Championship will qualify four teams to the 2017 FIFA Under-17 World Cup in India.