Audley Boyd, Assistant Editor - Sport
WITH both countries desperately in need of victory, Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) president, Captain Horace Burrell, expects a very competitive match between Jamaica and Mexico at the National Stadium tonight at 8:30.
He also expects Jamaica to win, given the seriousness with which the Reggae Boyz have gone through their preparation.
"I'm expecting a highly competitive game and I'm expecting Jamaica to come out on top," Burrell told The Gleaner yesterday.
"For a long time I've not seen the team this focused," he stated.
Both teams are desperate for points, as they occupy the bottom two positions in the six-nation CONCACAF World Cup qualifying series after three rounds. The Jamaicans have two points, one behind Mexico.
"They (Reggae Boyz) are all cognisant of the current situation and what they need to do," he said.
Three countries qualify automatically for the World Cup Finals in Brazil in 2014, while the fourth-place team will play-off in a home and away tie against Oceania champions New Zealand for a spot.
"We have the quality, we've the players who can get the job done, and once they perform at their best, I'm pretty satisfied at the end of the game that all Jamaicans will be smiling," Burrell stated with some amount of confidence.
"With the support of the Jamaican spectators inside the National Stadium, our spectators who always operate as the 12th man. That is enough to motivate the team to perform at the optimum, and therefore with all these factors in place we'll come out on top.
The JFF's top man also commended the state of the pitch and stadium staff, saying that will contribute to a high-class encounter.
"The pitch at the National Stadium is in immaculate condition and I want to congratulate the groundsmen, Major (Desmon) Brown and the entire management of IPL (Independence Park Limited) responsible for National Stadium," he said.
"I cannot recall seeing the field in such immaculate condition in recent times, and with the type of players, both for Mexico and Jamaica, it certainly is going to be a football match not to be missed by anyone," he predicted. "It is going to be a top-class game; a very tactical, exciting match is expected. It is going to be a spectator's dream."