PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Sporting Alert — After a very poor performance against Panama, which resulted in them losing at home, Jamaica will seek to bounce back on the road against Haiti in their CONCACAF World Cup-Qualifying semi-final round game on Tuesday night.
The Reggae Boyz went into the clash with Panama last week as the favourites, but failed to deliver a winning performance in front of their home supporters, who exited the National Stadium in Kingston, battling for sensation.
Armando Cooper scored a brilliant free-kick from the left-hand side of the box just before the halftime break that left even the taker stunned to give the visitors the lead.
Reggae Boyz defender Wes Morgan scored an own-goal seven minutes into the second half to setup the victory for the Panamanians, who will next battle with Costa Rica.
“I have no feelings right now. I just don’t know what to say. I am truly speechless,” said one man as he walked to his car.
Another man tried to hold back his frustrations.
“Right now we are not playing anything,” he said. “I just can’t believe we let people come into our house and beat us up.”
Jamaica will get the chance to do what was done to them to someone else when they travel to Stade Sylvio Cator to face Haiti, who were beaten 1-0 by Costa Rica in their opening CONCACAF World Cup-Qualifying semi-final round game.
“Definitely, we can turn things around,” said Reggae Boyz captain Rodolph Austin. “We have a bunch of guys who believe in this team.
“It (the loss to Panama) is a setback, no doubt. We are willing to go out there and fight for each other.”
The last time Jamaica and Haiti met was in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal in July, when striker Giles Barnes scored the game’s only goal in the 1-0 victory for the Reggae Boyz.
Live coverage of this game will be on the beIN Sports Network.