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Burrell thanks Chileans

Published:Monday | June 15, 2015 | 12:00 AM

ANTOFAGASTA, Chile:

CHILEANS backed Jamaica as if it were their own team during the Caribbean champions' Saturday evening Copa America debut against defending champions Uruguay.

"Jamaica, Jamaica, Jamaica," they cheered repeatedly, stepping up their chants as the Reggae Boyz piled on the pressure while searching for an equaliser at the Calvo y BascuÒan Stadium here.

The Boyz gave as much as they took and could have even won the game, had they taken their chances.

Head of the Jamaica Football Federation, Captain Horace Burrell, lauded the support of the Chileans for the senior men's national football team.

"This is incredible," he exclaimed. "Before we left Jamaica, we had a reception at the Chilean ambassador's residence. And let me use this opportunity to thank the Chilean ambassador (Eduardo Bonilla) for having taken time out to have hosted the reception, which I think has gone down very, very well.

"The Chileans are very warm to us Jamaicans. In fact, I have to say that playing here in Chile is like playing at home." Burrell stated.

great feeling

"Their South American counterparts (Uruguay) would feel like they're not at home .... but the Chilean support (for Jamaica) is certainly a great feeling, and I'm sure that this helped to motivate our players and helped to boost their confidence. So thanks to the Chilean people; we look forward to getting more support from them," Burrell added.

Jamaica will play their second of three Group B matches tomorrow, again at Calvo y BascuÒan Stadium against Paraguay at 6 p.m. (4 p.m. Jamaica time).

"We look forward to more support, and to the Chilean ambassador in Jamaica, we say thanks, and this is going to make the relationship between our countries much stronger," Burrell said.

-A.B.