Peru game an opportunity for fringe Boyz – Wint
Jamaica Football Federation General Secretary Dalton Wint says that the Reggae Boyz's upcoming international friendly against Peru is an opportunity for some of the country's fringe players to prove themselves.
The match does not fall in a FIFA window, meaning a number of Jamaica's regular starters over recent World Cup qualifiers will be unavailable.
It will be played in Lima, Peru, on January 20, seven days before Jamaica's World Cup qualifier against Mexico at the National Stadium.
"We want to get some of the players who are out of season to play some football, and for the coach (Paul Hall) to have a look at some of these players that he has never seen before," Wint told STAR Sports. "Going into a high pressure game against Mexico, and coaching the team for the first time, he wants to have a game so as to make it a little easier and so he wants to see these players in a high pressure game before we take on Mexico." he said.
Jamaica are sixth with seven points after eight games in World Cup qualifying, with six remaining. Three teams from Concacaf qualify directly, while the fourth-place team will go into an intercontinental play-off.
Wint is expecting the Peruvians to pose a challenge, even though a number of their regulars will also be missing.
"I think that they are 22nd in the world and we will be taking this game very seriously because we want to ensure that we do well against Peru, which is a very good all-round team," he said. We have to ensure that we do well because we want to build some momentum and confidence going into the Mexico game."