Ready for the big names - Lawrence
COACH Aaron Lawrence said Jamaica are ready for the big-name nations they will battle in the group stage of CONCACAF's U-15 Championships next week in the United States of America.
Jamaica are drawn against Panama, Honduras and Mexico in the preliminary stage of the regional championships that runs from August 13-19 at the IMG campus in Bradenton, Florida.
The Jamaica team and officials are expected to depart on Friday. Lawrence is oozing confidence that despite the nations they will face, he expects to reach at least the semi-finals.
"We have a lot of talent in the team and should do well at this level. The teams in our group are big names in CONCACAF but I am confident we can reach the quarter-finals then semi-finals," Lawrence told STAR Sports yesterday.
"The Under-15 squad is great. We had a few setbacks with the programme in terms of pink eye (conjunctivitis) and injuries. However, our chance is good as we have good players," he added.
Jamaica Football Federation scouted 70 players, afterwards cut to 30, over a two-month period. The final 20 will be finalised later this week.
The team has been involved in regular weekend camps, playing matches against to schoolboy teams preparing for the Manning and daCosta Cup competitions.
Prior to departure for the championships, former FIFA World Cup referee Peter Prendergast will give the team a talk on the laws of football. National senior team head coach Theodore Whitmore will gave a motivational talk.