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Daws on facing the Reggae Boyz

Posted on 23 May 2013  - 11:27

Michael Dawson insists the players are determined to beat Jamaica in our exhibition match at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium in The Bahamas.

Daws on facing the Reggae Boyz

We're in the Caribbean to take on the 'Reggae Boyz' after accepting an invitation from the Government of The Bahamas. The match marks one of the major events in the new 15,000-seat stadium and the year-long celebration of The Bahamas’ 40th anniversary of independence.

Kick-off is 8pm local time, 1am Friday morning in the UK.

Skipper 'Daws' is well aware that Jamaica will come into the fixture with intent as they begin preparations for three World Cup qualifying matches in the North, Central America and Caribbean zone against Honduras, USA and Mexico.

"Jamaica have big games coming up and it will be a tough match, we’ll have to be prepared and ready to play," said Michael.

"When you put the shirt on and step over the white line, you want to win. Yes, it’s the end of the season and we're more relaxed, but we have a game to play and we’ll look to win it."

Jamaica are yet to win in the early stages of the final round of qualifying in the North, Central America and Caribbean for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

However, they have picked up two draws in three games - one against early leaders Panama, the other a notable draw in Mexico.

Clint Dempsey's USA are currently third. The six teams - USA, Jamaica, Panama, Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras - play each other home and away and the top three progress to Brazil.

Jamaica have some familiar names - Jermaine Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday), Adrian Marriappa, Garath McClaery, Jobi McAnuff (all Reading), Rodolph Austin (Leeds), Dane Richards (Burnley), Theo Robinson and Jermain Beckford (both Huddersfield) all ply their trade in England.

Jamaica's Rodolph Austin in action against us for Leeds in the FA Cup