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FOOTBALL: Jamaica to start Caribbean Cup campaign on November 11

Published:Tuesday | September 2, 2014 | 2:57 PM

Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz are scheduled to play their first match at the 2014 Caribbean Football Union Caribbean Cup on November 11.

The Reggae Boyz, who are drawn in Group A, will also play on November 13 and 15.

Jamaica will host the 2014 edition from November 10-18 in Montego Bay.

Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz, who suffered a shock first round exit in the 2012 edition, qualified for this year’s tournament as hosts.

Cuba, who won the 2012 edition, qualified as defending champions and has been drawn in Group A.

Other teams wishing to join Jamaica and Cuba in Montego Bay will have to compete in a qualifying group tournament that will be staged around the Caribbean.

The first round of the qualifying tournament starts on Wednesday in Martinique, Puerto Rico, Antigua and Barbuda and St Kitts and Nevis.

The Caribbean Cup is a qualifier for the prestigious CONCACAF Gold Cup in the USA.

Only the top-four finishers of the Caribbean Cup usually advance to the Gold Cup, but there is a new format this year.

The fifth-place finishers will have a chance to qualify for the Gold Cup as that team will enter a play-off with the fifth place team from Central America for another spot.

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