Reggae boyz still hopeful

KINGSTON – President of the Jamaica Football Federation Captain Horace Burrell still believes his Reggae Boyz can qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. This comes after Jamaica were defeated 2-1 by Guatemala in the CONCACAF zone away from home on Friday.

Carlos Ruiz scored the winning goal against the Reggae Boyz.

Jamaica come up against Antigua at the National Stadium in Kingston in what is a must-win encounter tomorrow night.

“I have seen the commitment of the players and the staff and I know that they will do what they have to do to take us to the next round. I therefore call on Jamaicans to give them all the support by attending the match on Tuesday (tomorrow).

“We are still very much in the race,” a defiant head coach Theodore Whitmore added of Jamaica’s current position.”

The beauty of this situation is that, even though we do not fully have things in our hands, we have our final game at home.”It is now for us to go out there and do what we have to do, and to do that we need the support of our Jamaican people, the same people who came out when we created history by defeating the US for the first time at the senior level. These same people were with us when we qualified for the World Cup in 1998 and I know with them we will be fine,”

Whitmore continued.Whitmore added: “Friday’s game was the best performance in the campaign to date. Yes we lost the game but we also take a lot of positives from it into our next game. We intend to build on the things we did well and improve in the areas critical for Tuesday’s game”

With seven points already in the bag from five games and a goal difference of zero, the Reggae Boyz need to defeat Antigua in their final group game and hope that the United States register a victory over Guatemala. Currently, both the United States and Guatemala are in a superior position to Jamaica as both are on 10 points with a goal difference of three.

That situation can be considered favourable for Jamaica as a loss for either team and a win by at least three clear goals for Jamaica would see Jamaica advancing as the second-placed team in the group.

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