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Burrell wary of Carib threat

Published:Friday | January 30, 2015 | 12:00 AM
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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC)

Jamaica Football Federation president, Captain Horace Burrell, has warned of the threat coming from smaller Caribbean nations in the upcoming Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers, and says the Reggae Boyz will have to be well prepared in order to prevail.

Speaking to CMC Sports in an exclusive interview in Miami, Florida recently, the veteran football administrator praised the development taking place in CONCACAF, and forecast that this would result in an unpredictable but enthralling qualifying campaign.

"I think we're going to have a couple of surprises because football is sometimes tricky, and I say this because it is very difficult to predict," Burrell pointed out.

"What I find is that over the years, I have grown to see some of the small nations play their best games against the more established nations within the Caribbean region, so I am not expecting a walkover, nor am I expecting it to be predictable, it's going to have a lot of twists and turns."

Burrell was one of several association heads in Miami recently to witness the draw for the first two rounds of qualifying. Round one, which kicks off March 23, will see the 14 lowest-ranked teams in the region compete in home-and-away ties, with the seven winners advancing to the second round to take on 13 teams.

Round two, starting June 8, involves St Vincent & the Grenadines, Guyana, Antigua & Barbuda, St Lucia, Puerto Rico, Grenada, Canada, Guatemala, Aruba, El Salvador, Cuba, Dominican Republic and Suriname.