Show me the money! - JFF expects US$100,000 windfall from South Korea friendly

January 18, 2018
Jamaica's Reggae Boyz celebrate after scoring in their Gold Cup semi-final match against Mexico on July 23. Jamaica won the match 1-0. The team will next be in action against South Korea on January 30, in Turkey.

Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) general secretary Dalton Wint said the association is set to receive over US$100,000 (around J$13 million) from its scheduled friendly international game against South Korea in Turkey on January 30.

Wint said that the federation is also in negotiations with a Turkish club to play a practice game before the friendly international.

"It will be beneficial and good exposure for our players," said Wint. "There will be a warm-up game against a club team, but we have not yet tied that down firmly, but that will also be beneficial because it is an opportunity for our players to be scouted," Wint said.

"I can tell you it will be over US$100,000, that includes monies paid for our airfare and all of that, but it is not a net though," he said.

He added that both games will provide the Jamaican players with the chance to display their talents to international scouts from around the world.

Wint also said that it is also a chance for the country to improve its rankings if they beat the South Koreans, who are scheduled to participate in this year's FIFA World Cup finals in Russia.

Jamaica is currently ranked 54th in the world, while South Korea is ranked 60th.

"A good performance against South Korea will most certainly help our rankings and so we have to ensure that we perform well," he said

"The players will have to know that and if our ranking is up, then we have a problem and if it is low, then they have an opportunity to be scouted by the Europeans clubs," Wint said.

"Turkey is an opportunity to expose our players, and the Turkish FA and South Korea FA have a very good relationship. I guess they want to play in Turkey to mimic the sort of environment that they will have in Russia," said Wint.

He noted that only local-based players and those who ply their trade in Major League Soccer in the United States will be selected for this trip. This is because January 30 is not an official FIFA date, therefore, European-based players will not be released by their clubs.

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