Jamaica is headed to the inaugural International Hockey Federation (FIH) Men’s Hockey 5s World Cup which will be held in Muscat, Oman from January 24 – 31 in 2024.
They secured their spot with a 5-2 win over Paraguay in yesterday’s (June 11) Pan American Cup third-place playoff game during the Hockey5s World Cup Qualifiers at the Mona Hockey Field in St. Andrew.
The team benefited from a hat-trick by Nickoy Stephenson and Shemar Gordon also scored twice.
“Winning is a great feeling but the road to Oman, we know that it will be tough. We will be playing against top teams in the world. So, we know that whatever training sessions we had before we have to put a little more intensity towards it. Our attitude towards training definitely has to improve and we’re looking forward to the tour,” said Shemar Gordon in a post-match interview.
The inaugural tournament, in 2024, will see 16 teams per gender (3 per continent and Oman as the host).
In 2019, the FIH executive board decided to create the World Cup with an aim to further boost the development of hockey globally through the promotion of its 5-a-side format, hence the name Hockey5s.
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