President of the Jamaica Football Federation, Captain Horace Burrell, though disappointed about the Reggae Boyz 1-1 draw with Costa Rica on Friday night at the National Stadium, was philosophical about the result as he spoke with Sportsmax.tv following the match that the home team should have won.
The result means the Boyz, aiming to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, remain third in their group on four points, the same as Panama who were held 0-0 by Haiti.
“This is World Cup qualifying and we are in a very competitive zone. Costa Rica finished in the last eight of the 2014 World Cup finals, you can’t just put that aside,” he said.
He said he was confident that the team will continue to perform well to achieve their objectives.
In the weeks leading up to the match, the JFF implored the Jamaican public to come out in support of the team and they responded. The match was played before an almost sold-out stadium, mainly populated by the home fans who applauded the team on it’s first half performance, which saw the Reggae Boyz leading 1-0.
“I want to say thanks to the Jamaican public on a whole for this tremendous support on Good Friday,” said Burrell, extending his gratitude to the Church for their show of support.
“I never expected to see so many people in the bleachers, they came out, they wore their colours and I believe they did what we asked for and I am hoping they will be satisfied enough to be here for the next game,” Captain Burrell continued.
“We are still in it. I know a lot of people are down. We are not feeling the way we would have wanted to be feeling at this time but again, it’s World Cup football. We now just have to go play a good game in Costa Rica and take it from there.”