Captain of the Jamaica National Football Team Adrian Mariappa says he wants the team to end on a high in the Copa America Centenario so they can carry forward this momentum into the World Cup Qualifiers in September. Despite Jamaica being eliminated from the competition after a 1-0 loss to Venezuela and a 2-0 loss to Mexico, Mariappa who plies his trade with Crystal Palace in the English Premier League says the Uruguay match is key for Jamaica.
“We are going to go out and try and win the game as we have done with the previous two games,” Mariappa assured.
“I think it has been a massive learning curve for us in this tournament because it just shows the fine margins that you are working with football. The first game we went down to 10 men and it was very difficult, but I thought we created definitely more chances and the better chances, but we came away losing 0-2.Although we can’t go through, it is still a very important game in a very important competition, so we are still going in to try and win the game and we will use it as preparation for the games (World Cup qualifiers) coming up in September, which are crucial for us as well,” the Crystal Palace defender added.”
Mariappa who made his debut for Jamaica in 2012 said things could have been better in the tournament if Rudolph Austin did not get a red card against Venezuela. If Jamaica fail to score against Uruguay, they will be the only team in Copa America history who has not scored a goal in the tournament.