Head coach of the national Under 17 men's football team, Merron Gordon has described Jamaica being drawn in Group “G” for the 2023 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship in Guatemala as a favourable one.
The young Jamaicans will face off with Costa Rica as well as Cuba and Guadeloupe at the group stage of the championship which will be held from February 11-26 in Guatemala. The draw for the group stage took place on Thursday.
Gordon says he’s excited about Jamaica's chances of qualifying for the World Cup. Gordon also revealed that they will look to bolster the squad with overseas based talent.
The top three nations in each group will advance to the knockout stage of the championship. Group “E” will feature Mexico, Panama, Guatemala, and Curacao.
Group “F” will include USA, Canada, Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados, while Group “H” will see Honduras, Haiti, El Salvador and Suriname doing battle.
The four semi-finalists will qualify for the FIFA U-17 World Cup Peru 2023. The competition's match schedule will be announced at a later date. Jamaica has qualified for two FIFA Under 17 World Cups, the 1999 edition in New Zealand and the 2011 edition in Mexico