Reggae Boyz Face Japan Olympic Team


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(AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz will in a few hours take on Japan’s Olympic team in a friendly practice game at Toyota Stadium in Nagoya, Japan.

Game time is 12:30 am (EST) and the organizers will allow 5,000 spectators inside the 44,000 capacity venue, home of Nagoya Grampus in the J-League.

The game will complete the Reggae Boyz’s two-game series, having played to a 1-1 result against Serbia on Monday in Kobe. 

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Watford FC’s Andre Gray opened his Jamaican account in the first half in that encounter, before the Europeans equalized in the second half.

The Boyz were originally slated to play three games but the first against Japan’s senior team was called off after the Caribbean side failed to get sufficient players landed in time to field a team for the game.

Head coach Theodore Whitmore had called up 30 players for the tour of Japan, but only 19 answered the call and reports are that he plans to rotate them, giving playing time to those who did not play from the start or at all against Serbia.

The Reggae Boyz are using these games as preparation ahead of the CONCACAF Gold Cup in the US next month.



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