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Reggae Boyz to meet Saudis next month

Published:Tuesday | September 26, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Jamaica's Reggae Boyz celebrate after scoring in their Gold Cup semi final match against Mexico on July 23. Jamaica won the match 1-0.

Jamaica's national senior men's football team will play the national team of Saudi Arabia on October 7.

The game will be played at the King Fahd International Stadium, also called Pearl of Stadiums, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia has already qualified for next year's FIFA World Cup in Russia, joining Iran, Japan, and the Korea Republic as the Asian representatives. Saudi Arabia finished second in their group behind Japan. They qualified in 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2006 for the FIFA World Cup missing out of the 2010 and 2014 editions in South Africa and Brazil, respectively.

Newly elected Jamaica Football Federation president Michael Ricketts, in signing off on the game, said "this is an indication of our intent to continue seeking high quality international friendly games for the senior team. This level of opposition provides an opportunity for the players and technical team to continue the rebuilding of a successful Reggae Boyz team."

National senior team head coach Theodore Whitmore has also welcomed the game, saying; "I anticipate a highly competitive fixture which is excellent for our plans moving forward."

Of the three times both teams met, the Jamaicans have won one game, lost one and drawn the other. All three games were played between 1998 and 1999.

The game will be played on an official FIFA international day. The squad will be announced in the course of this week.