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U-17s aiming for big win against lowly Bermuda

Published:Friday | September 16, 2016 | 9:00 AMLivingston Scott
Edwards

Bermuda are considered the weakest team in their group but Jamaica's coach, Andrew Edwards, says they will not take them for granted when the teams face off in the opening Group A game of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) World Cup qualifiers at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Trinidad and Tobago today.

"Even though they (Bermuda) are considered the weakest team in the group, it is our first game and your first game can be tricky sometimes but we are mindful of that. We want to defend very strongly from the start and score as many goals as we can in the event things are determined by goal difference," coach Edwards told The Gleaner via telephone from Trinidad.

He believes that if the team turns in a good performance and gets a good result it would put them in a favourable position at the end of the first match day, as hosts Trinidad will play Haiti in the group's other game.

"It can be an advantage (playing Bermuda first) and we have to see it that way. It will give us an opportunity to also look at the so called stronger teams in the group and make our technical plans for those games. We want to utilise that advantage to the very best," he reasoned.

The top two teams from the group will advance to the semi-finals, where they will go up against the top two teams from Group B, which includes Cuba, Curacao, Guadeloupe and Suriname. The best third placed team will complete the list of five teams to qualify for the 2017 CONCACAF Men's Under-17 Championship from April 21 to May 7, 2017 in Panama.