Boyz to take on Grenada and Barbados in friendlies

July 18, 2018
File Reggae Boyz at a training session.

The Jamaica Football Fed-eration (JFF) has secured two friendly international games against Caribbean nations next month in preparation for the inaugural CONCACAF Nations League.

The senior men's team will play away to Grenada on August 17, and Barbados on August 20.

The senior team have been in camp since July 6.

General secretary of the JFF, Dalton Wint, said that it would be difficult for Jamaica to get games against higher- ranked football nations because the FIFA World Cup has just concluded.

"The Nations League comprise of Caribbean teams, so we took the opportunity to travel and play these teams. Also, the World Cup just finished," Wint told STAR Sports.

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Meanwhile, Roy Simpson, manager of the team, said that the squad for the two friendlies will comprise local-based players as the MLS and European- based professionals will not be available until the beginning of the Nations League, which is set to kick off in September.

"We have been conducting local camps with the senior team. What we are doing is playing games against the Under-23 players in different confederations in order to give them that continued competitive edge," Simpson said.

"The coach will get an idea as to the best local players for that final group for the Nations League as the MLS and European-based players would be on break and back into pre-season," he also said.

Jamaica play their first game in the CONCACAF Nations League against the Cayman Islands on Sunday, September 9 at 7 p.m. at the National Stadium, Kingston.

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