Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz will seek to strengthen their position atop Group C of League B of the CONCACAF Nations League on Saturday when they tackle Aruba at the National Stadium starting at 5:00 pm.
The Reggae Boyz are on six points from their two matches to lead the group on goal difference over Antigua and Barbuda, with the latter playing one match more.
An emphatic 6-0 victory over Antigua and Barbuda, followed by a 4-0 win over their hosts Guyana are the results of Jamaica’s outings so far, with Aruba losing 1-0 to Guyana and 2-1 to Antigua and Barbuda, to be at the bottom of the group.
The Reggae Boyz are seeking to maintain a top six position in the CONCACAF ranking, which will give them an automatic spot in the hexagonal stage of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers next year.
President of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), Michael Ricketts stressed this during the manifesto presentation by St Catherine Football Association (SCFA) presidential hopeful Elaine Walker-Brown on Wednesday at the Sports Development Commission’s offices in Spanish Town.
Ricketts said, “how the qualifications are now structured, gives us a real chance of qualifying. The top six teams in CONCACAF will play in the final round.
“As it stands now, the rankings are Mexico first, the United States of America second, Costa Rica third, Jamaica fourth, Honduras fifth and El Salvador sixth.Michael Ricketts, President of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF)
“So if the World Cup qualifiers were to start now, Jamaica would be fourth and of those six teams, the first three teams will qualify for the World Cup in 2020,” Ricketts said.
The Reggae Boyz will be without three players who were instrumental in their two victories so far. These are Bobby Reid, Leon Bailey and Peter-Lee Vassell.