Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz and Guatemala begin their qualifying run today for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil when they face off at the National Stadium in Kingston.
The match is scheduled to kick off at 8.30 p.m.
This stage of CONCACAF qualifying comprises twelve teams divided into groups of four. The top two teams from each group advance to the final qualifying stage and the first three teams from that final phase will earn tickets to Brazil.
The fourth placed team will play against the Oceania region winner in November 2013 for another spot.
Jamaica and Guatemala are drawn in Group-A alongside the USA and Antigua and Barbuda.
Jamaica enter today’s match on a two-game losing streak after suffering two defeats to Panama inside seven days.
The final defeat against Panama was on Friday in Panama City. Following that game overseas-based Reggae Boyz Marlon King and Chris Humphrey were suspended for breaking curfew rules.
Guatemala will approach the game with some turmoil, having suspended three players, captain Gustavo Cabrera, Guillermo "Pando" Ramirez and Yony Flores, who were implicated in match-fixing.
Meanwhile, the United States and Mexico, the traditional mighty powers of CONCACAF, also begin their qualifying run today.
United States, under the direction of new coach Jurgen Klinsmann, host Antigua and Barbuda in Tampa, Florida.
Defending Gold Cup champion Mexico will host Guyana. Both teams are drawn in Group B.