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JM | Jan 18, 2022

Two Reggae Boyz test positive for COVID ahead of Peru trip

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Interim head coach of the Reggae Boyz, Paul Hall. (Photo: Facebook @JFFFootball)

Two players and an official who were scheduled to leave with Jamaica’s Senior Men’s team delegation to Peru yesterday, tested positive for COVID-19, the Jamaica Football Federation has revealed.

The three are asymptomatic and are isolating at home. As a result, 20 players and the technical staff are on their way to Lima where they are scheduled to play a friendly international against Peru on January 20 in preparation for crucial upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifying matches in the next few weeks.

The Reggae Boyz will host Mexico at the National Stadium in Kingston on January 27.

The match against Peru will give interim head coach Paul Hall a chance to see which players can force themselves into the squads that will be named for the coming matches.

“It is obviously a chance for players to put their best football forward and for me to see them in close quarters and what they are like in a game against a good team.”

Paul Hall, interim Reggae Boyz head coach

“The Peru game is vital because we want to use this game to look at what is available to us,” Hall told local media this week.

“It is obviously a chance for players to put their best football forward and for me to see them in close quarters and what they are like in a game against a good team.”

Hall being able to get a good look at his options is especially critical at this juncture as striker Shamar Nicholson has declared himself unavailable for the first set of matches in the New Year as he seeks to settle in with his new club Spartak Moscow.

Meanwhile, Everton’s Damari Gray, who was expected to be available for those matches, will also miss out because, according to reports, his Jamaican passport will not be ready in time.

After facing Mexico on January 27, Jamaica is set to face Panama in Panama on January 30 before taking on Costa Rica on February 2.

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