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FOOTBALL: Reggae Boyz continue hunt for Brazil 2014 World Cup spot tonight
2013-09-06 09:16:47 | (0 Comments)
Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz will begin their campaign to revive their Brazil 2014 World Cup hopes when the final round CONCACAF Qualifiers resume today.
The Reggae Boyz, who are bottom of the six-team table, will face Panama in Panama City tonight.
The match will be the first for new Reggae Boyz coach German national Winfried Schafer since he took charge of the team on July 17.
Schafer takes charge with the Reggae Boyz in danger of making an early exit.
Under the previous coach Theodore Whitmore, the Reggae Boyz have failed to win a match in six outings in the final round and are at the basement of the six-team group with two points.
The USA lead the final-round playoffs with 13 points, followed by Costa Rica on 11, Mexico, eight, Honduras, seven, and Panama, six.
At the end of the qualifiers, the top three will advance automatically to the Brazil 2014 World Cup, with the fourth place team set for a home-and-a-way decider with the champions from Oceania.
The Reggae Boyz arrived in Panama City yesterday with a 25 members squad comprising only three local-based players and 22 overseas-based players.
Among the overseas-based players are Marlon King and fellow British-based striker Chris Humphrey, who were both axed from the Reggae Boyz squad last year June for breaking curfew rules.
The players were axed by Whitmore for the first two games in the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Semi-Final Round and surprisingly were not invited back to the squad.
Luton Shelton, another player who was overlooked by Whitmore, has rejoined the squad.
There are two new additions to the squad.
Those players are Shaun Cummings from Reading and Wes Morgan from Leicester City.
In other CONCACAF Qualifiers today, Mexico will host Honduras at the Azteca Stadium, while Costa Rica will entertain the United States at the National Stadium.
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