• Monday Sep 26, 2016

    Jamaica U17s upbeat after Caribbean qualifiers

    Jamaica players (pictured) celebrate after scoring against Curacao in a Caribbean under-17 qualifier on September 25, 2016, in Couva, Trinidad & Tobago. (Photo: CA-Images)

     

    COUVA, Trinidad & Tobago – A two-goal performance by Nicque Daley helped Jamaica to a 3-0 win over Curacao in the third place match of the Caribbean qualifying tournament for the 2017 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship on Sunday at Ato Boldon Stadium.

    Although the Reggae Boyz fell short in their quest to lift the trophy, head coach Andrew Edwards says he was encouraged by the overall effort of a side that went 3W-1D-1L over the course of 10 days. 

    “I was particularly impressed by the courage my players showed,” Edwards commented. “Of course, our aim was to win the [Caribbean Football Union] title, but third is not bad. Now our preparation turns to Panama for the CONCACAF U-17 Championship. We have a couple of months to prepare, so it’s time to iron out the kinks and reflect on how we can qualify for India.”

    The Jamaicans agonizingly missed out on a place in the 2015 World Cup, falling to the United States, 4-5 on penalty kicks, after a scoreless draw in a CONCACAF-playoff decider in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Earlier in that competition, the Reggae Boyz earned a 1-0 win over the Americans thanks to Nicholas Nelson’s conversion from the spot. 

    Edwards is already excited to get back to work and prepare for the CONCACAF event, which will be played in Panama from April 21-May 7, 2017. The field also include the host nation, Canada, Cuba, Curacao, Haiti, Mexico, Suriname, the United States and three Central American sides.

    “We have played on Central American soil before, so we know what to expect,” finished Edwards, a passionate supporter of English Premier League power Arsenal. “What is key now is to have a look at the [Central American] qualifiers to scout our potential opponents as we are bound to have at least one or two Central American teams in our group. Once we have an idea of the threat they bring as well as the North American teams and the hosts Panama, I will feel positive heading into Panama next year.”

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