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January 19, 2013
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Ja Under-20s to kick WC qualifications into high gear

Jamaica's Jorginhio James comes under pressure from a Cuban player during the CFU Under-20 finals football match at Stadium East last year. - File

Marc Stamp, Star Writer

Jamaica's national Under-20 team will continue their preparation for the 2013 CONCACAF Championships when they face a select South Central Confederation side in a practice game at Brancourt in Clarendon today, starting at 4 p.m.

Luciano Gama, national Under-20 head coach, told Star Sports that preparations were already well under way.

"So far we are doing what is possible in preparation for the CONCACAF tourney next month. This tournament serves as the final qualifier for the World Cup later this year," Gama said.

Following a series of local practice games, the Jamaica team will travel early to Mexico for a two-week training camp ahead of the tournament that kicks off on February 18 and ends on March 3.

"We requested and were granted an early trip to Mexico to acclimatise the boys to the high altitude there. We will be engaging some national teams in practice games so that should be very good for the boys," Gama added.

Jamaica will leave for the two-week camp on February 5. They play the first game of the tournament against Puerto Rico on February 19 and then Panama four days later. Two teams from each of the four groups will qualify for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Turkey this year.

The technical staff will announce its final squad after the practice games in Jamaica.

The current squad includes Nico Campbell, Rashaun Patterson, Alvas Powell, Oshane Jenkins, Kemo Wallace, Zhelano Barnes, Khareem Manning, Sean McFarlane, Hugh Evans, Paul Wilson, Omar Holness, Romario Jones, Andre Lewis, Jorginho James, Jason Wright, Mark Brown and Osdhane Boothe.

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