Today Jamaica’s U-17 National team starts a major journey. A journey to accomplish what the Jamaica’s senior national team and the U-20 team could not accomplish in their last attempt. Today the young Reggae Boyz will try to qualify for the U-17 world which will be played in Chile, this coming October.
It is not a light task for these young talented young men but they have proven that they have what it takes, most recently defeating Costa Rica 1-0 in a warm up friendly. Today the boys will commence their qualification journey against the host country Honduras, at 6:30 pm Jamaican time. They will not only be facing the Honduras team but will also have a mental battle against a Honduras home crowd that is known to get very boisterous.
This group of young men may be as talented as Jamaica has ever sent out at this age group. Loaded with 17 players living in Jamaica and three overseas based players, it is well expected that the team will qualify for a world cup spot.
The young Reggae Boyz are drawn in Group A alongside the United States of America (USA), Honduras, Guatemala, Cuba and Trinidad and Tobago. Group B consists of Mexico, Canada, Haiti, Costa Rica, Panama and St Lucia.
Four teams will qualify for the FIFA World Cup set for Chile in October 2015 with the two group winners earning automatic berths, while the second- and third-placed teams from each group entering a play-off to decide the next two qualifiers.
A confident Jamaica head coach Edwards believes his players are ready following an encouraging 1-0 win over Costa Rica in their last international friendly on Tuesday.
“We are very happy and comfortable where we are at this moment and we are eagerly looking forward to going out there and putting on a good show,” Edwards told 18 Karat Reggae.