Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz will face Argentina on September 27 in a friendly international at the Red Bull Arena in New York.
Jamaica Football Federation President, Michael Ricketts, announced the upcoming match during the launch of the 2022 schoolboy football season at the National Stadium. Argentina is ranked third in the world, and Ricketts noted that the match was a huge deal.
“For us to be rubbing shoulders with Lionel Messi is every player’s dream, and we were intent on getting some of these high-profile games,” Ricketts said, speaking of Argentina’s most notable player.
Ricketts emphasised that his group had worked extremely hard to secure the match with Argentina. He also stated that this would be their approach going forward to secure more high-profile international matches for the national team.
Argentina’s decision to play Jamaica follows the announcement that the suspended World Cup qualifying match between them and Brazil would not take place. Both sides were free to plan September friendlies against various opponents as a result of that decision. The Argentines will also be playing in Miami against Honduras, who, like Jamaica, failed to qualify for the Qatar World Cup.
Jamaica has faced Argentina on three prior occasions. Their first meeting at the 1998 World Cup in France saw Jamaica lose 5-0. In their second, the Reggae Boys lost 2-1 in 2010 at a friendly international, and in their most recent match, in 2015 at the Copa America, the Boyz were defeated 1-0.
Nevertheless, Ricketts said that he was hoping that the match will have some positive spin-offs, and barring injuries, the team’s best players will be available.
Watch highlights from Jamaica and Argentina’s last face off below.