Chile test for Reggae Boyz
National men’s football coach, Winfried Schafer, says the May 27 clash against world number three ranked Chile will be a ‘test match’ for the Reggae Boyz.
The teams will meet in a friendly encounter at the Estadio Sausalito in Vina del Mar, Chile and Schafer says the most important thing is to see how his players match up against the South American giants.
“This is a friendly match, a test match. The important thing is to see the players against the number three team in the world,” he told STAR Sports.
Jamaica’s best players will not be available for the match as Schafer intends to rest the Boyz who have had very hard seasons. Among those to be rested is Wes Morgan, captain of English Premier League champions Leicester City.
“I can tell you that this practise game is not a game we will play with our best players. It’s very close after the season for many players like Wes Morgan. He played through the 2015/2016 season after he played Copa American and Gold Cup. He had no rest and he needs rest, he cannot come direct to Chile to play. If he has no rest maybe he will get injured in the Copa America Centenario. For us the Copa America Centenario is very important, that is our priority,” he insisted.
Schafer said they will have a mix of local and overseas players for the Chile friendly.
“We cannot play with 11 local based players. We have 23 players. We have (Jermaine) Taylor coming, (Adrian) Mariappa can play and I want to see (Giles) Barnes in another position. But maybe ‘Messi’ (Chevonne Marsh) plays or (Allan) Ottey, I don’t know.”
Schafer revealed that Jamaica Football Federation has already submitted a 40-man provisional squad for the June 3-26 Copa America Centenario. The final 23 will be selected from those 40 players.
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