The Jamaica U-17 national team has secured their first win since beating Curacao in the 3rd place playoff of the CFU U-17 Final Round as they beat Cuba 1-0 in a friendly international at the JFF Technical Centre at the University of the West Indies on the Mona Campus.
The all important goal came from Kaheem Parris who scored in the 80th minute of the match. This is the 2nd match between these two teams in the space of 3 days as on Sunday both teams battled out to a 1-1 draw.
Head Coach Andrew Edwards says despite the win that there is still some more work to do before the CONCACAF U-17 Championship.
“Getting the win is a wonderful feeling. However we still have to work more on our finishing. We created a lot of chances again but we need to get the ball on target more. This is something we have to work on more often. We will be playing tougher teams in the CONCACAF U-17 Championship in Panama who will give us less space and time on the ball so we need to be more clinical with our chances for sure.”
Head Coach of the Cuban team Rafinyo Sotolongo says he was happy to what he saw from the Cubans from the two match series.
“Despite not getting any wins here in Jamaica, I must say it was a great opportunity for me to see who are my best players for the tournament coming up in Panama. We need to work on our defending as we still have lapses in concentration, so we need to be more mobile and agile.”