'We just have to get goals' - Young Reggae Boyz still harbour hopes of qualification

By November 09, 2018
Jamaica's Kevin Rochester Jamaica's Kevin Rochester

Jamaica midfielder Kevin Rochester insists the team has not given up hope on qualifying for the next phase of the CONCACAF Under-20 Championships despite the team finding itself in a perilous situation.

Heading into the final Group B match the Jamaicans and Mexicans are level at the top of the standings.  El Tri, however, tops the group with a healthy goal difference of plus 9.  Both teams will play their final group matches of the round on Saturday, with the Jamaicans playing St Martin and Mexico facing Aruba.

Based on the quality of the opposition both teams face, it seems highly unlikely that the Jamaicans will be able to make any significant inroads into the deficit.  Rochester, however, insists that the team intends to focus on the task at hand.

“We still have the opportunity to qualify.  We just have to get as many goals as we need,” Rochester said following a 7-1 triumph over Aruba.

“We just have to go back to the drawing board (for the final match) and start and work again towards our goals,” he added.

The top team from each group will qualify for the semi-final round of the competition.

Kwesi Mugisa

Kwesi has been a sports journalist with more than 10-years’ experience in the field. First as a Sports Reporter with The Gleaner in the early 2000s before he made the almost natural transition to becoming an editor. Since then he has led the revamp of The Star’s sports offering, making it a more engaging and forward-thinking component of the most popular tabloid newspaper in the Caribbean.

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