The Jamaica Football Federation has confirmed that the Jamaica U-17 National team will play against the Cuba U-17 team in two friendly internationals later this month. The matches will take place in Jamaica on February 26th and 28th.
For Jamaica this will be their 3rd pair of friendly internationals that they will be playing in the space of three months as they played twice against USA (Lost 0-3, 0-4) and Canada (0-3, 1-3).
The Jamaicans last faced the Cubans was in the CFU U-17 Championship in Trinidad and Tobago where the Cubans beat the Jamaicans 1-0 in the semi-finals. Cuba later went on to finish 2nd in the tournament while Jamaica finished 3rd.
The match on February 26th will take place at St. Georges College in Kingston, Jamaica while the match on February 28th will be at the JFF Technical Centre on the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies. Both games will start at 3pm local time.
Head Coach Andrew Edwards believes Cuba will be a strong test for the Jamaicans.
“I feel Cuba is a team that can give us a good test as we prepare for the CONCACAF U-17 Championship. When we played them in the CFU U-17 Qualifiers they were difficult to break down, so these two friendlies gives us more opportunities to bring out the tenacity in us to fight for more chances and keep that mentality in us.”
“They are a team that like to play the football on the ground and they have technically gifted players, so we will have to prepare well for them later this month.”