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FOOTBALL: Must-win situation for Reggae Boyz tonight

Published:Friday | October 11, 2013 | 9:11 AM

Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz will be fighting tonight to keep their slim chance of qualifying for the Brazil 2014 World Cup alive.

Jamaica, who are bottom of the six-team CONCACAF qualifying table on four points, will take on the USA in the penultimate round of matches at the Sporting Park in Kansas City.

The match is scheduled to start at 5:36 p.m. Jamaica time.

The Reggae Boyz are trying to finish fourth in order to have a chance of qualifying.

The team that finishes in fourth place will now need to win a home-and-away series against the winner of Oceania, New Zealand, to secure a berth in next year's World Cup.

The top three teams qualify directly for Brazil and the USA and Costa Rica secured qualification last month.

For Jamaica to earn the play-off spot, the Reggae Boyz will need to win against the USA today and Honduras on October 15 to finish on 10 points.

However, the Reggae Boyz’ destiny is not in their hands as the game between Mexico and Panama today would need to end in a draw. Mexico and Panama are on eight points each.

Once that game produces an outright result today, Jamaica’s dream of qualifying would be over.

The other CONCACAF Qualifiers today will feature third place Honduras hosting second place Costa Rica.


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