Reggae Boyz will not underestimate Dominica, says national assistant coach

Reggae Boyz assistant coach Merron Gordon says they will not be taking Sunday’s World Cup qualifier against Group E rivals Dominica “lightly.”

The Reggae Boyz, who arrived in the Dominica on Friday, are seeking to take another step towards securing qualification for the 2026 FIFA World Cup in the United States, Mexico and Canada.

As part of their preparation they staged a lone training session Saturday morning ahead of the encounter which is scheduled for a 2pm start (JA time) at Windsor Park Sport Stadium.

They opened their campaign with a 1-0 win over Dominican Republic at the National Stadium in Kingston on Thursday courtesy of a 17th minute goal by Shamar Nicholson. Dominica, meanwhile, crashed to a one-sided 6-0 defeat away to Guatemala on Wednesday.

However despite the seemingly easy game on paper Gordon stated his belief the game will not be easy.

“We are the team in the Caribbean that most people look up to and want to beat; I am not looking at that 6-0 game to compare what tomorrow (Sunday) will bring,” he said.

“I know the footballers from Dominica will come tomorrow (Sunday) guns blazing. They are at home and – will – want to win back support from their supporters, I think it’s going to be a tough one.”

Gordon, who revealed they had done extensive scouting of their opponents, says nothing will be taken for granted.

“Preparing for these games started probably 3-4 months ago as soon as we got the draw,” he said adding they did “a lot of extensive work on every team” and were not taking the “game lightly.”

“This game is as important as playing any top team in the world. Dominica is doing well over the past few years, especially in the nations league. They’re steadily building so we are not taking anything for granted.”

Victory for the Reggae Boyz would see them securing maximum six points from 2 games heading into the June 7 encounter away to British Virgin Islands.


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