Friday, July 24, 2015
ACHIEVING two historic feats in one night is not a common occurrence. Therefore, when it happens we must recognise it and give our heartiest commendations to the individuals responsible.
Jamaica’s senior national football team — more affectionately known as the Reggae Boyz — inked the country’s name in the history books when they defeated the United States 2-1 in the semi-final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Wednesday evening.
It was the first time that Jamaica were beating the USA on their home soil, and the victory made us the first Caribbean nation to advance to the final of this tournament being played in the USA.
Of significant note also is the fact this was the first time in 47 years that the USA were losing at home to a Caribbean team.
The Reggae Boyz now carry with them into the final Sunday against Mexico the hopes and dreams of not only Jamaica, but the entire Caribbean. Our hope is that they will do what it takes on Sunday to lift the Gold Cup as such a triumph would elevate respect for the region in the eyes of world football.
Before Wednesday’s game not many football analysts gave Jamaica a chance of overcoming the US, which has been one of the CONCACAF teams to have consistently qualified for the World Cup since 1990.
But the Reggae Boyz, obviously driven by a will to succeed, showed that they are serious competitors and that, under German head coach Mr Winfried Schaefer, they have improved significantly.
Anyone who watched the game will admit that the Reggae Boyz played intelligent football and, most important, did not panic when the USA pulled a goal back in the 48th minute after going to the half-time break two goals down. more