The Jamaica Men’s National Football Team is currently in El Salvador ahead of their match on Friday. They arrived early Tuesday, having more days to prepare together than in past WQC matches, something Leon Bailey highlighted in an interview he did recently with TVJ.
In another interview about the upcoming matches, Jamaica’s head coach Theodore Whitmore outlined that while there are big-name players, what is important “is the execution on the pitch.” He went on to remind us that, “the last two games we’ve managed to garner four points and a win and we want to build on that. So again, it’s the execution that is going to be important.”
Whitmore also said that the Boyz need to build on the last two games and went on to detail that, “Every player here understands, they know what we have to do, they know what needs to be done and that is going to be critical.” Based on the previous games, the starting 11 will be unpredictable and many persons are speculating whether or not UK based players Michail Antonio, Leon Bailey and or Ravel Morrison will start on Friday night’s match, it’s also unclear what Jamaica’s formation will be.
Leon Baily who is yet to play for Jamaica in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers so far had the following to say about the upcoming matches, “I feel good… I’m back i played my first 90 minutes on the weekend… I feel ready to go… We haven’t had a great start but i hope we can turn things around very quickly.”
He also highlighted that the matches, “Mean a lot for not just the players but also the country.. We have to do better and we will… It’s a dream for us all to make it to the next WorldCup.” With regards to Coach Theodore Whitmore, Bailey stated that he is a great coach and he believes that whatever the coach does is for the best interest of the country and the team and he is ready to apply himself whenever and wherever needed on the field.
The Reggae Boyz vs El Salvador Concacaf World Cup qualifying match will be played at the Estadio Cuscatlan in San Salvador with a kick-off time of 9:05 p.m. After El Salvador on November 12, the Reggae Boyz will return home where they will play against the USA on November 16th at home in Kingston.
Currently, Jamaica is sitting at 6th position in the group with 5 points after winning one match and drawing two so far in the campaign, the group consists of 8 teams. The Reggae Boyz needs favourable results to secure the 3rd spot for automatic qualification or the 4th spot where they will have a play-off against a foreign team whereby the winner will qualify for the World Cup.