Warmup win boosts U20s
Jamaica's under-20 captain, Javaun Waugh, said the team's 2-0 win over Cuba in their warm-up friendly at the Drewsland Mini Stadium on Saturday was a great boost ahead of the CONCACAF Championship.
However, the performance of the team and that of Waugh, who plays in central (defensive) midfield, did not endear them too much to the fair-sized crowd that turned out to support the young Reggae Boyz. Despite this, the youngster remains confident the team will get it right before Friday's opening game at the National Stadium.
"It's a good look, going into the tournament with a win, that's very good and very positive for the team. But I think we can keep the ball a bit more, that's all we need to do," he noted after the game.
The midfielder did not have his best game in the middle of the park and got a little stick from some supporters. He admitted that he fell short in his performance on the night, but has no doubt he will come good when the championship kicks off.
"I need to do a lot more in terms of tackling and passing, so there is a lot of more room for improvements for me. The tournament starts on Friday and I am sure we can get it right and I'm positive that I will get it right before the tournament," he said.
The -year-old, who is the son of veteran national and Harbour View defender, Clifton Waugh, said the experience gained from the Simon Bolivar Tournament in Venezuela recently was invaluable and he believes the team has all the components for success.
"We started preparation a bit late compared to other teams who have been training for two years, while we are just getting together. But as far as I can see we are getting there, we have a good coaching staff and a good group of players, we just need to work harder and work as one.
"For some of the players that (Simon Bolivar Tournament) was their first international experience, but then we got the experience and we came back and we have been training and preparing hard and we are ready to go," observed Waugh.
"We have a great chance, especially because we are at home and we will have our people behind us, so we expect a great tournament and we are positive that we can make it to the World Cup. Look out for us, we are coming," he added.