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Boyz, Curacao clash in Cup final

Published:Sunday | June 25, 2017 | 6:00 AMLivingston Scott
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Jamaica's Reggae Boyz will meet Curacao in the Caribbean Cup final this evening at 6:30 (Jamaica time) at the Stade Pierre Aliker in Fort de France, Martinique.

The Jamaican coaches expect a tough match. In an interview last Friday, Reggae Boyz assistant coach Jerome Waite said that they were impressed by what they have seen from Curacao and admitted it will be a 'real test' for his side.

This will be the first-ever meeting between the two countries, who had contrasting routes to the final. The Theodore Whitmore-coached Boyz had to earn their place in the final the hard way, coming from behind, thanks to veteran Jermaine 'Teddy' Johnson's second-half strike, to hold French Guiana 1-1, before beating them 4-2 on penalties in the semi-finals.

However, Curacao, who will be participating in the Gold Cup for the first time this summer, came from behind to defeat hosts Martinique to book their place in the decider.

Jamaica cannot underestimate their opponents, who began their recent rise under former Dutch star Patrick Kluivert, who coached the team from March 2015 to May 2016.

The game will also be a big confidence booster for the winning team, as they are down to face each other again in their opening Gold Cup match in a few weeks.