The Reggae Boyz are scheduled to compete against two teams in the World Cup Qualifying games at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica.
The scheduled dates for the matches are as follows: Reggae Boyz vs. Mexico on Thursday, January 27, 2022, and Reggae Boyz vs. Costa Rica on February 2, 2022. The Government, however, has denied access to spectators to view the games at the National Stadium which have caused outrage amongst members of the Reggae Boyz.
Captain of the Reggae Boyz, Andre Blake voiced his concerns in which he stated “Maybe I don’t have enough information, but I find it ridiculous that in a time like this when we need the fans so much with all the support and help that they can give to us, we are going to miss them dearly.”
Defender Damion Lowe also questions the move from the government and stated, “We need the support from the fans,” he went on to ask “please” for the fans to be allowed to attend the much-anticpated matches.
On November 16, 2021, the Government granted the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) approval for approximately 5000 fully vaccinated spectators to attend the FIFA World Cup qualifying game between the Reggae Boyz and the United States at the National Stadium. The match concluded with a 1-1 draw.
Since the Covid-19 pandemic in Jamaica, the Government has enforced strict measures on social gatherings. However, questions are now being raised regarding the Government’s stance on vaccination as Prime Minister Andrew Holness has repeatedly encouraged persons to get vaccinated in order for the entertainment sector to reopen.
Nonetheless, the Reggae Boyz are anticipating the support of their fans and implore the Government to reevaluate the decision made to even allow a small number of spectators to view the games.
After eight matches, the Reggae Boyz are currently in the sixth position and have six matches remaining.
The National Stadium has a stadium capacity of over 30,000.
Watch the Boyz below.