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Published:Tuesday | June 30, 2015 | 12:00 AMMarc Stamp

Jamaica's men's Under-23 football team assistant coach, Jerome 'Jerry' Waite, is pleased with their performance at the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Olympic qualifiers, after they topped Group Three in the Dominican Republic.

The Jamaica team whipped hosts Dominican Republic 4-0 on Sunday night and booked a place in the CFU final round. The Miguel Coley-coached team had beaten St Lucia 6-1 four days earlier to finish on top with six points in the three-team group.

Jamaica will play Group Two winners Cuba on August 14 in one semi-final game at a venue to be determined by CFU.

"We will have to be satisfied as the team scored 10 goals in two games, and that is a big feat," Waite told The Gleaner after coming home yesterday.

Waite said the attention is now on Cuba.

"We're looking forward to that semi-final game against Cuba in order to continue progress to the Olympic Games next year in Brazil," he added.

"The players based overseas will head back to school and their respective clubs, then we will call them back as soon as possible," Waite said.

staying fit

Michael Seaton, who also has experience at the senior level, scored three goals in the two games, and Waite pointed out that he is on the right track.

"Michael has a lot of talent, as long as he stays fit he'll always be a force to reckon with," Waite claimed.

At the completion of the CFU final round, the top two teams will qualify for the CONCACAF stage of the Olympic qualification.

The 2015 CONCACAF Men's Olympic championship acts as qualifier to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games football competition, with the top two teams advancing and the third-place team going forwards for a play-off against a team from Conmebol (South American confederation).