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Full-strength Reggae Boyz to face Panama

Published:Thursday | April 5, 2012 | 12:00 AM

With Jamaica set to commence the next staging of World Cup qualifying on June 8 when they host Guatemala at The Office, president of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), Captain Horace Burrell, is promising a full-strength Reggae Boyz squad for the team's two remaining outings before re-engaging in qualification.

The 54th-ranked Reggae Boyz will host the 50th-ranked Panamanians on May 27, before journeying to Panama City for a next matchup on June 1.

The Reggae Boyz have not been able to assemble their strongest team over eight games, dating back to June last year when the nation participated in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Overseas players expected

"On Sunday the 27th of May, we will have all our overseas-based players from Europe, from the Far East, from the United States, and our home-grown players available for selection," Burrell disclosed while speaking at yesterday's sponsorship announcement ceremony for the local coaching school held at the JFF head office.

"We will have our full team to play against the Panamanians, who are fourth in CONCACAF ... . And as I understand, it the Panamanians are going to have their full complement of players," he added.

Burrell also lamented that hosting matches are "costly".

"International games are not very easy to stage these days because of cost and all. When you bring an international game here you have to pay the airfares and you have to pay a match fee," Burrell shared. "Things have gone up a great deal; the cost of the stadium has gone up, other associated cost have certainly gone up, and we are going to be keeping the prices as they were during the last World Cup campaign," he added.

ryon.jones@gleanerjm.com