Monday 21 October, 2019

Reggae Boyz face tough test against Peru tonight

Action from a CONCACAF Gold Cup match between Costa Rica and Jamaica (yellow jersey) on July 8, 2015, in Carson, California.

Action from a CONCACAF Gold Cup match between Costa Rica and Jamaica (yellow jersey) on July 8, 2015, in Carson, California.

Jamaica's senior men's football team will tackle Peru in an International Friendly on Tuesday at the Estadio de La Unsa  in Arequipa, starting at 7:30 pm.

The team enters the match in mourning following the death of Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) president, Captain Horace Burrell a week ago in the USA.

Captain Burrell passed away after a year-long battle with cancer. He was 67.

The Reggae Boyz, ranked at No. 89 in the world well below Peru at 15,  are using the game as a tune up as they head into both the Caribbean Cup and the Gold Cup.

The  Boyz will then move on to defend their Caribbean Cup title in Martinique, where they will play the first game of a double-header on June 22 against French Guiana in the semi-finals, before Curacao match skills with Martinique.

The final will be played on June 25.

The team will then compete at the CONCACAF Gold Cup beginning July 9 with its first match against Curacao.

The Reggae Boyz then play Mexico on July 13 and El Salvador on July 16 in their last group match.

Peru on the other hand has no upcoming matches until their World Cup qualifiers against Bolivia on August 31 and Ecuador on September 5.

Tuesday's encounter is expected to be a very hard match for the Reggae Boyz, who are yet to beat Peru.

Peru have named a squad with a decent mixture of players who play professionally in Peru and players who play in Brazil, Liga MX and Europe.

The Reggae Boyz are without their England-based players and their squad includes younger guys who play in the United States and Jamaica.

Coach Theodore 'Tappa' Whitmore expressed joy at getting such a quality game close to the Caribbean Cup semi-finals and the Gold Cup.

 "We always welcome practice games, and this one comes at a perfect time", said Whitmore.

 

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