Ja­maica’s Un­der-17s look to lift CFU ti­tle

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

From left: Boys’ Town’s coach An­drew Price, cap­tain and goal­keeper Kirk Porter, and Port­more United’s gen­eral man­ager, Clive Mar­shall, at yes­ter­day’s Red Stripe Premier League press con­fer­ence at Red Stripe’s Span­ish Town Road of­fices in Kingston WITH THEIR place in the CONCACAF fi­nal round se­cured, Ja­maica’s Un­der-17 foot­ballers will now fo­cus their at­ten­tion on win­ning the Caribbean Foot­ball Union (CFU) cham­pi­onship now un­der way in Trinidad and Tobago.

The young Reg­gae Boyz fin­ished sec­ond in Group A on goal difference be­hind Haiti af­ter two wins and a draw, to take one of the five avail­able CONCACAF fi­nal­round spots for CFU teams af­ter ad­vanc­ing to the semi-fi­nals on Wed­nes­day.

How­ever, the An­drew Ed­wards-coached team will have it all to do against Cuba, who were three wins from as many matches in Group B.

“We are very happy, elated,” Ed­wards told The Gleaner. “Our dream of playing in the World Cup is still alive. We have given our­selves the most im­por­tant chance be­cause we have now qual­i­fied for the CONCACAF stage, where the qual­i­fiers will be de­cided to go to India. Now we have the op­por­tu­nity to do that, and we have to use the time be­tween now and then to pre­pare,” he said.

Ed­wards says their two re­main­ing games will be used to con­tinue their prepa­ra­tion for the CONCACAF round, but he re­mains con­fi­dent of get­ting a win against the high-rid­ing Cubans and close out the cham­pi­onship with the ti­tle.

“We have two more games, and those two games will form our prepa­ra­tion for the CONCACAF stage. We want to win the tour­na­ment,” he in­sisted. “We want to win the semi-fi­nals and go on and win the fi­nal to con­tinue our growth and de­vel­op­ment as a team. So we are still very mo­ti­vated and still very con­fi­dent of get­ting some­thing much more out of the tour­na­ment now that we have qual­i­fied for the CONCACAF stage,” he said.

ED­WARDS

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