Paul Clarke, Sunday Gleaner Writer
Jamaica Football Fede-ration (JFF) president, Captain Horace Burrell, yesterday announced that the Reggae Boyz will play two international friendly games on the two upcoming FIFA dates.
The national senior team will take on the Soca Warriors of Caribbean rivals Trinidad and Tobago in a two-match series. Jamaica will host the Trinidadians on Friday, November 15 at the Montego Bay Sports Complex beginning at 8 p.m. The squad will then depart the island for Trinidad for the return game on November 19.
Captain Burrell indicated that the Federation was seeking to keep a national senior team active as the country begins its campaign for the 2018 World Cup.
A grateful Montego Bay mayor, Glendon Harris, affirmed the city's willingness to host the match and urged its citizens to support the game.
"I am calling on the fans as well as corporate entities in the city of Montego Bay to support the game by purchasing tickets," said the mayor, stressing that football brings great benefits to the city.
Meanwhile, national senior men's coach, Winfried Schäfer, said that it was his intention to work with a cadre of local-based players in order to develop them into a core group which will be capable of holding their own on the international stage.
Coach Schäfer stressed that the country and the national football programme will be strengthened when local-based players can go overseas on professional contracts and then come back to represent the country.
Ticket prices for the game at the Montego Bay Sports Complex: VIP $1,500, grandstand $1,000 and bleachers, $500.