Copa America appetizers. Jamaica sweet and slow reggae
June 5, 2016
The strong but innocent Reggae Boyz will play their third major tournament in a year looking for show how much they have improved. Since the last Copa America in Chile, they went from losing all their group stage games 1 - 0 against Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina to play the Copa de Oro final against Mexico where "EL Tri" became Champions winning 3-1 but this Caribbean squad arrives reinforced by the thick skin grown by the players that battle around the English football leagues.
The representatives of an island more famous for the music or its successful athletes, Jamaica have now the elements to avoid surprises in the backline. Premier League champion with Leicester City Wes Morgan will have side by side two strong and experienced defenders in Crystal Palace's Adrian Mariappa and Michael Hector a Chelsea lad with a long expel in the very tough English Championship with Reading F.C.
Wes Morgan is the main reference in a team that could benefit from their impressive year with Leicester City. The Foxes won the Premier League title against all the odds and "Captain Morgan" proved been as good as his age if we can match it with the famous Rum.
Clayton Donaldson is another player that knows how hard is to play in the English second division. A problem with his passport prevented him from playing in Chile 2015 and now he will have the opportunity to show how better could work the plans with a skillful striker that will have in Gareth McCleary and his powerful long range shooting a great partner if the opposition "park the bus".
Winfried Schafer is a German experienced coach that started his career with Borussia Moenchengladbach before becoming African Champion with Cameroon, his biggest achievement. He likes to play a strong and physic game and taking into account the toughness of his players, we will see Jamaica tireless running up and down. If The Reggae Boyz still have energy after such a long year, the opposition could be in trouble because Schafer doesn't like to hold results.