ANTOFAGASTA, Chile, CMC- Underdog Jamaica, facing an early exit from their historic participation in the Copa America, are banking on a miraculous effort in their third encounter of the oldest continental tournament this weekend.
The Reggae Boyz are confronted with the monumental task of beating South American giant killers Argentina led by Lionel Messi today after successive defeats.
Messi’s game against Jamaica is his 100th for Argentina which have not won a major title since the country won the Copa America in 1993
Jamaica lost by one nil goal margins to both Uruguay and Paraguay and few would give them a chance of emerging victorious against the Argentinians when the final whistle is blown.
“You never know with football, anything can happen on the day. But we’ve got to cut out the silly mistakes that led to the goals, and if we stay solid then a set piece or a counter attack could do it,” said new boy Michael Hector.
“We are good going forward, we are quick, we are strong; I think we need to use that to our advantage and try and cause an upset because, if we want to stay in the competition, we got to beat Argentina.”
Despite the daunting challenge of an upset win against the powerful Argentinians, the Jamaicans seemed fired-up. Team members, wary that the odds are stacked heavily against them, still seem determined to spring an upset against the two-time World Cup Champions.
“We have nothing to lose, we just have to go out there with the same professionalism that we applied on the pitch against Uruguay and do our best. It is a very good team, but they are struggling at the moment with scoring, “said Captain Rodolph Austin.
All the games are very tight, so it is one of them where we have to just focus and we cannot just be like because we are already eliminated we don’t show up”.