JFF calls for big crowd support for first-ever Gold Cup match at home
The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) has urged Jamaicans to come out in large numbers to support the Reggae Boyz’ historic Gold Cup encounter against Honduras at the National Stadium on Monday night - despite some degree of public displeasure at its handling of aspects of the national football programme or some incidents relative to the programme over recent times.
The game will be the first ever Gold Cup match to be hosted by Jamaica, and the fifth all-time Gold Cup meeting between the two teams, with the previous four having been split evenly between the two sides.
With the Reggae Boyz having won their last encounter with Honduras at this level by the lone goal back in 2011, the match-up on paper appears to be potentially quite appealing to the fans, especially with the expected appearance of star player Leon Bailey.
But despite all the pluses, the JFF, seemingly somewhat on edge, has opted to publicly express its wish to “remind the country of the significance of the occasion and the importance of having a smooth event with maximum attendance.”
In a release on Sunday, The JFF said: "The Reggae Boyz, through National Senior Team Coach, Theodore Whitmore, have committed to entertaining football to be displayed by the very best available talent that the country has.”
The release said the federation “calls on the nation to show the region that hosting this event is not only deserved, but should be continuous over the years to come.”
The JFF urged football fans to come out early, to wear gold-coloured clothing, and reminded that tickets will not be sold at the National Stadium on match day.
Tickets will be on sale at the advertised outlets up to Monday.