Reggae Boyz arrive for crucial CFU game

first_imgJamaica men’s national senior football team will engage Suriname in a top-of-the-table clash in Group One of the Scotia Bank CFU Caribbean Cup qualifiers to determine which team advance to the 2017 competition as well as the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament.The game will be played on Sunday at the National Stadium, starting at 6 p.m.Both teams are joint leaders in the three team group on three points apiece, so based on the competition’s rule, it will be a play to the finish encounter.The game was originally scheduled on October 5 at the Anthony Spaulding Complex in Trench Town, but rescheduled due to safety concerns regarding Hurricane Matthew.Nine overseas based Reggae Boyz arrived in the island yesterday and will be joining the camp to begin preparation this morning at 8:00 to be followed by another session at 4 p.m. at the Stadium East Complex.The overseas players are Damion Lowe, Omar Holness, Owayne Gordon, Shaun Francis, Ryan Thompson, Oneil Fisher, Cory Burke, Michael Binns and Romario Williams.They joined local based players – Ladale Ritchie, Dwayne Amburseley, Allan Ottey, Dino Williams, Ewan Grandison, Andrew Vanzie, Rosario Harriott, Dicoy Williams and Rohan Richards.Jamaica will look for their second win in the group as they had defeated Guyana 4-2 on October 11 in Guyana. The Guyanese are out of contention as they also went down to Suriname.Meanwhile, tickets for the game will go on sale this Saturday, costing $1,500 for grandstand and $700 for bleachers. Outlets are: York Pharmacy in Half-Way Tree; Total service stations located at Stanton Terrace and Dunrobin Avenue; Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston; and Captain’s Bakery and Grill in Downtown and Cross Roads.Tickets will not be sold at the National Stadium venue.last_img read more

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Belgium 0-2 Italy: Red Devils’ Premier League stars rated and slated

first_img Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – 6 out of 10 – Busy, is perhaps the nicest way to phrase the Blues star’s performance against Italy. His dribbling was good but let down by some poor decision making and passing. He was restricted to just two shots and unable to really test Buffon. 8 8 8 8 8 Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) – 5 out of 10 – A new blonde hue to his afro can’t take the attention away from a bang average performance from Man United midfielder Fellaini. A couple of promising early touches, including a piece of control with his chest which drew gasps from the crowd, eventually gave way to a bumbling showing where he failed to help either Romelu Lukaku or his midfield mates Axel Witsel and Radja Nainggolan. How he starts ahead of Mousa Dembele is a mystery. Divock Origi (Liverpool) – 4 out of 10 – His piece of skill, which drew a foul and a yellow card from Leonardo Bonucci, was perhaps his only notable positive contribution. His touch was off and when presented with a great aerial opportunity he attempted to power the ball home instead of a glancing effort and, as a result, the ball flipped up and over the crossbar. He failed to complete a pass in 17 minutes of action while Belgium attacked. Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham) – 5 of out 10 – Misjudged the flight of Leonardo Bonucci’s stunning pass for Giaccherini’s goal, which is ironic given his fondness for delivering long-range exocets to his team-mates. Enjoyed a tussle with Graziano Pelle but could have done a lot better considering his breath-taking Premier League form. The centre-back was still comfortable on the ball going forward, mind you. Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham) – 5 out of 10 – The Spurs star always looks a little uncomfortable at left-back rather than his preferred centre-back role. Tonight was much the same. When Vertonghen did support his team-mates going forward, his crossing was poor. On the back foot he did make one good sliding challenge to win the ball but let himself down moments later as an Italian player ghosted past him on the flank. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – 4 out of 10 – Playing out on the right flank, you might have been forgiven for forgetting De Bruyne was on the field at points. Bumped out wide in favour of Fellaini, he struggled to get into the match and saw all three of his shots blocked an unable to test Gianluigi Buffon, while six of his nine crosses were unsuccessful. Will need to up his game against Republic of Ireland. 8 Belgium were a huge flop on their opening night in France as Italy upstaged them to 2-0 in Group E at Euro 2016.Sunderland misfit Emmanuele Giaccherini and Southampton’s Graziano Pelle scored the goals for soon-to-be Chelsea boss Antonio Conte’s side.Marc Wilmots’ Premier League players, though, didn’t have quite the same effect in Lyon.So, how did we rate Belgium’s – also known as the Red Devils – English based stars? Click the right arrow above to find out their scores… 8 Romelu Lukaku (Everton) – 3 out of 10 – If the Toffees think they can get big bucks for the wantaway striker they may want to think again after this performance. Up against Leonardo Bonucci, Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini, the 23-year misfired on his big chance to impress against some of the world’s best defenders. He wasn’t given a moment’s peace and on a rare occasion he found himself in a shooting position he failed to hit the target with Buffon out of his goal, and the ball drifted harmlessly over. 8 Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea) 7 out of 10 – Click the right arrow above to see how we rated Belgium’s Premier League stars… – Blues goalkeeper Courtois saw the ball hit the back of his net twice last night but couldn’t be blamed too much for either goal, with his defence letting him down. He also pulled out two good stops, one from goal scorer Graziano Pelle and one from Ciro Immobile. last_img read more

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