Robert Bailey, Freelance Writer
Jamaica's Under-17 footballers celebrate their shock 3-2 victory over the United States at the National Stadium on Friday night.- Ian Allen/Staff Photographer
DAVID HUNT, coach of Jamaica's Under-17 football team, is urging the public to come out in their numbers to support the Young Reggae Boyz as they face regional rivals Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) in a do-or-die clash at the National Stadium.
The Jamaicans are on the verge of qualification for the FIFA World Cup tournament in South Korea in August but they must defeat T&T this evening.
With their World Cup qualification dream all but over, the Young Reggae Boyz pulled off a stunning 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the previously unbeaten United States in their CONCACAF Group B fixture at the National Stadium on Friday night.
The Jamaicans now need to secure a victory tonight against T&T. Both teams have three points and a victory for either side would see them advance to the World Cup.
"I am making a special appeal to the Jamaica public. We have a very tough game against Trinidad and Tobago because they also have a chance to advance to the World Cup," said Hunt.
"It is going to be a really tough game so we need you, theJamaican public, to come in your gold and yellow to support our team because we are going to make history, so please come and support us," he said.
"The game wasn't easy today (Friday)," said Hunt.
"In the first half, we knew that the U.S. would come down on the right side with their No. 19 and No. 2 players, but we weren't able to stop them," he said.
"When we were 2-0 down, we went out and we kept the ball and tried to move it side to side and when we got that first goal, we got a little more belief and then the public really began to cheer them on," said Hunt.