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Head Coach Hopeton Gilchrist, eyes progress with Under-17s

Just weeks before Jamaica's Under-17s enter into battle for a spot, in the Fifa World Cup in Brazil, Head Coach Hopeton Gilchrist believes the team is up for the challenge.


The Jamaicans are drawn in Group A of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) group alongside regional powerhouse Mexico, Caribbean neighbours Bermuda and Trinidad and Tobago. Qualifiers will be between May 1-16.


Four teams from the Concacaf region will qualify for World Cup in October, and the format for qualification has changed since the 2017 edition. The qualifying competition no longer features Caribbean and Central American zones.

 

The 41 Concacaf teams were ranked based on the last Under-17 competition.


A total of 35 teams entered the tournament. The highest-ranked 16 entrants were exempt from qualifying, and advanced directly to the group stage of the final tournament of which Jamaica were ranked seventh.