Sunday 9 December, 2018

Reggae Boyz search for another big Nations League win today

Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz will be trying to protect their perfect record when the inaugural Concacaf Nations League resumes on Saturday.

Following clean sheet wins over the Cayman Islands and Bonaire, the Reggae Boyz will now host Suriname in their third game at the Montego Bay Sports Complex at 7:00 pm.

The Reggae Boyz will enter the day in seventh position on the Concacaf Nations League qualifying table with maximum six points.

Twelve other teams are on six points, six of which are ahead of the Reggae Boyz courtesy of goal difference.

The teams ahead of the Reggae Boyz are Curacao, Haiti, Cuba, Canada, Bermuda, which have played a game more, and St Kitts and Nevis.

The Reggae Boyz’ opponents for Saturday, Suriname are in 15th place on four points following a 0-0 draw with Dominica in their opening game in September and a 5-0 victory over the British Virgin Islands last month.

The Reggae Boyz will enter the game as favourites as they have the three most important things in their favour – home advantage, form and history.

In terms of form, the Reggae Boyz are on a high. They defeated the Cayman Islands 4-0 in their opening game on September 9 at the National Stadium in Kingston and then recorded a second straight clean sheet win by downing hosts Bonaire 6-0 on October 14.

In terms of history, the Reggae Boyz have defeated Suriname in their last three outings, the most recent was in 2016 at the National Stadium. However, all three victories were 1-0 margins and as a result Suriname cannot be taken lightly.

This is the penultimate round of matches in the first phase and Jamaica will close out the Nations League qualifying play-offs with an away meeting with Central American outfit El Salvador on March 23, 2019.

Following the qualifying rounds, teams will be placed in Leagues A, B, and C of the three-tier Concacaf Nations League.

The Concacaf Nations League embraces a promotion and demotion system and will serve to seed teams and serve, importantly, as a qualifying platform for the expanded Gold Cup, which will have for the first time 16 teams for 2019 edition.

Jamaica squad: Andre Blake, Cory Burke, Damion Lowe, Ladale Richie, Ricardo Thomas, Amal Knight, Fabion McCarthy, Shaun Francis, Devon Williams, Kemar Lawrence, Ricardo Morris, Javon East, Maalique Foster, Je-Vaughn Watson, Owayne Gordon, Peter-Lee Vassell, Darren Mattocks, Alex Marshall, Jamiel Hardware, Jermaine Taylor.

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