After being forced to cancel a number of friendly matches due to the coronavirus pandemic, Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz have secured two international games against five-time World Cup qualifiers Saudi Arabia in the Middle Eastern country on November 14 and 17.
General Secretary of the Jamaica Football Federation Dalton Wint, in welcoming the assignments, said the matches would officially kick-start their ‘Road to Qatar 2022’ World Cup qualifying campaign.
“It took a lot of hard work to finally be able to land these games. We should be playing the qualifiers now, but because of the pandemic, we aren’t able to. We had games lined up from June, and we had to stop discussions with a few of the teams in the June window,” said Wint, who pointed out that securing the matches took what he described as “skilful negotiations”.
“We had a game far advanced in discussions with the USA in October,and we had to abort that, but now, we are able to announce two games against the Saudi Arabians in Saudi (Arabia), which is our first set of international games since the pandemic, and so we want to see this as an official start to the Qatar campaign,” he further commented.