FIFA’s #54 (Jamaica) faces #53 (Costa Rica) in an early but huge bottom-of-the table match-up of #5 and #6 respectively. Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz are on 2 points from their 2 drawn matches while Costa Rica is on 1 point from their 2 matches, with the 2nd ending in controversy after the poor snow-logged field that they had to play the United States on. They lost that match and have logged a complaint requesting the match be replayed.
The Reggae Boyz will have their work cut out for them from an angry, desperate Costa Rican team who are playing at home. Jamaica will have to rebound from their poor showing at “The Office” at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica last Friday. Jamaica, in order to rebound, MUST play their game and not get the game dictated to them. Also, if I may repeat what I suggested after Friday’s drawn match and relatively poor performance by the Jamaicans:
- Reggae Boyz and fans, don’t blame the officials (referee especially), though his officiating was bad at best and definitely helped the physical style of play that Panama brought into the National Stadium. The coaches and players are to be blamed but we SHOULD support them and remember that it’s early yet.
- Captain Burrell and JFF, you should put the 2 schoolboys on the under-23 & under-20 teams, replace them with 2 more locals and work them out after March 26.
- Captain Burrell and JFF, when you have an international match scheduled, bring in the international players 2 weeks in advance if at all possible and work them out together.
- Coach Whitmore, put the best complementary players on the field, despite what the fans say. Remember a World Cup spot is on the line and so is your job.
- Fans, the next match at “the Office” in June, regardless of the position Jamaica is in, a little less vuvuzela and a bit more cheering for your home side which will be better then. Rome was not built in a day.