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Still hopeful... Boyz still confident of World Cup spot

Published:Monday | October 15, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Captain Horace Burrell.

There is still hope within the Reggae Boyz camp that the team can qualify for Jamaica's second senior World Cup finals when they host Antigua and Barbuda at the National Stadium tomorrow night.

President of the JFF, Captain Horace Burrell has expressed confidence that the team will deliver for Jamaica. Captain Burrell in commenting on where the country stands in the qualification bid stated, "I have seen the commitment of the players and the staff and I know that they will do what they have to do to take us to the next round. I therefore call on Jamaicans to give them all the support by attending the match on Tuesday (tomorrow)."

"We are still very much in the race," a defiant head coach Theodore Whitmore added of Jamaica's current position.

"The beauty of this situation is that, even though we do not fully have things in our hands, we have our final game at home.

"It is now for us to go out there and do what we have to do, and to do that we need the support of our Jamaican people, the same people who came out when we created history by defeating the US for the first time at the senior level. These same people were with us when we qualified for the World Cup in 1998 and I know with them we will be fine," Whitmore continued.

Seeing positives

Even with Friday's defeat Whitmore is seeing positives.

"Friday's game was the best performance in the campaign to date. Yes we lost the game but we also take a lot of positives from it into our next game. We intend to build on the things we did well and improve in the areas critical for Tuesday's game"

With seven points already in the bag from five games and a goal difference of zero, the Reggae Boyz need to defeat Antigua on Tuesday in their final group game and hope that the United States register a victory over Guatemala. Currently, both the United States and Guatemala are in a superior position to Jamaica as both are on 10 points with a goal difference of three.

That situation can be considered favourable for Jamaica as a loss for either team and a win by at least three clear goals for Jamaica would see Jamaica advancing as the second-placed team in the group.

If at the end of Tuesday's games two teams are locked on 10 points, the first method of separation will be goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams concerned.

Should there still be a doubt then the greater number of goals scored in all group matches between the teams concerned would be considered. If they are still locked then the goals scored away from home count double between the teams concerned (if the tie is only between two teams).