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NASSAU, Bahamas - The Jamaican national team and English Premier League power Tottenham Hotspur accepted an invitation Saturday from the Government of The Bahamas to meet in a May 23 friendly at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium on Paradise Island.

Besides being the first-ever match featuring a Premier League club in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, the encounter will also mark the year-long celebration of the nation's 40th anniversary of independence.

Anton Sealy, President of the Bahamas Football Association, said: "The Bahamas Football Association is delighted to welcome Tottenham Hotspur and the Jamaican national team to The Bahamas. We will be working closely with Tottenham Hotspur ahead of this match to help us develop football across the islands. We're confident that the Club will enjoy its experience here and in turn attract other Premier League Clubs who seek a warm and friendly place to train and prepare their squads."

In the run-up to the match, Tottenham Hotspur -- in conjunction with the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism - will help promote The Bahamas as a world-leading destination for tourism, while working with the National Sports Authority to help position the new 15,000 seat Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium as a hub for major international sporting events.

The fixture is also part of Jamaica's preparations for its World Cup Qualifying matches at home against Mexico and the United States on June 4 and 7, respectively.

"The Jamaica Football Federation is pleased to be invited to participate in the historic occasion of the 40th anniversary of Bahamian independence celebrations," said Captain Horace Burrell, President of the Jamaica Football Federation."We are delighted to play against one of the world's most famous football teams Tottenham Hotspur to commemorate this special occasion.

"The Jamaican team will be at full strength with all our European and American-based players.The game will be very exciting, highly competitive and played in the true Caribbean spirit of cooperation and collaboration that has always existed between the two countries. Looking forward to a great game."

 
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