FOOTBALL: Will Jamaica keep U-20 Championship hosting right? Decision today
The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) is expected to know today if the country will lose the right to host next month’s CONCACAF Under-20 Championship.
CONCACAF has expressed dissatisfaction with the readiness of the National Stadium to host some of the matches in the tournament, and a final inspection of the venue is expected to be conducted today to determine whether the tournament will be shifted from Jamaica.
JFF president Captain Horace Burrell says he received information on Thursday that if everything is not ready by Monday, Jamaica could lose the hosting rights.
Burrell says on several occasions the Independence Park Limited (IPL) which manages the complex, had given assurance that the venue would be ready for the championship.
Major Desmon Brown, general manager of IPL said that the playing surface is ready but his team is working on getting the all the lights in the tower in working order.
Twelve countries, divided into two groups, are down to compete in the January 9 to 24 tournament.
Group A includes hosts Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Aruba, Panama, the United States and Guatemala.
Group B contains Haiti, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Honduras and El Salvador.
Matches are scheduled for the National Stadium and the Montego Bay Sports Complex.
The CONCACAF Under-20 Championship qualifies four teams to the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand from May 30 to June 20.
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