By: Sheldon Wright
FR Sports Staff Writer
Football continues to be the beautiful game due in the sense that, almost any team can beat any team on their day. Fortunately for the Jamaican team they managed to overturn a loss to Nicaragua at home 3-2 in Kingston Jamaica at the National stadium also dubbed “The Office” recently. By travelling to Nicaragua and defeating them by the required 2-0 margin which was provided by goal scorers Darren Mattocks in the 13th minute and Simon Dawkins in the 89th minute at the Managua stadium in a close encounter. Jamaica’s football team really needs more creative midfielders to ensure leadership is maintained and that goal scoring chances created.
Credit to determined MLS based player in Darren Mattocks of Vancouver White Caps who had to sound the battle cry and help rally the team and fans to believe that their dream of advancing to the final round will continue. Hopefully the team won’t be missing inspirational captain Rudolf Austin again for the next qualifier who had travelled to Mexico to meet the team but unfortunately he didn’t reach them in time, while sorting out visa issues for his new Danish club Danish Superliga club Brøndby IF, or the other top players that were missing due to personal reasons.
Group of Death
Jamaica now enters advances to the fourth round in group B, which has been named the GROUP OF DEATH, where major teams such as 2014 World Cup semi-finalist Costa Rica featuring captain Bryan Ruiz, Panama, Haiti are all vying for the glorious opportunity to bring their country to the heights of global football. From November 2016 to October 2017, the top three from the group qualify for the finals, the fourth team goes into a playoff with Asian opponent. As it stands, the margin for error simply does not exist for Jamaica.
Strikers be warned
Jamaican International Darren Mattocks of Vancouver White Caps
Given that Jamaica does not produce world-class striking talent on a regular basis, however now is the time for our strikers to be at their impeccable best. Teams will simply not allow goals to be given up that easily, especially for chances to attend the biggest show on earth. So if Jamaica really wants it, the Reggae Boyz literally has to go out there and grab this opportunity eagerly.
New strikers based in the Major League Soccer (MLS) such as Giles Barnes of Houston Dynamo and upcoming talent Darren Mattocks of the Vancouver White Caps deal to harness their goal scoring instincts and have to be on their best in order to salvage whatever the game has to offer in the upcoming fixtures.
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