Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz will tackle Aruba in their return-leg CONCACAF Nations League clash at the Argillio Hato Stadium in Curacao at 6:00 pm (5:00 pm Jamaica time) on Tuesday (Oct 15).
The Boyz sit comfortably at the top of Group C on nine points, three more than Guyana and Antigua and Barbuda, with Aruba yet to record a point. Guyana are ahead of Antigua and Barbuda by goal difference.
A 6-0 victory over Antigua and Barbuda followed by the 4-0 thumping of Guyana and the 2-0 victory over Aruba in the first leg, have placed the Boyz above their rivals.
The Boyz, however, have been criticised for their effort against Aruba, as an early goal by Devon Williams failed to ignite their goal-scoring appetite and they had to wait until close to the end to place themselves in a comfortable position, through a Shamar Nicholson’s strike.
The technical staff and captain Andre Blake have promised a better showing on Tuesday in a match, which will be played on artificial turf. The Boyz will also have to do it without three key players, as Leon Bailey, Bobby Reid and Peter-Lee Vassell have been forced out by injuries. Their presence was missed in the first leg. 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. They are also looking for qualification for the next CONCACAF Gold Cup.