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KINGSTON---Jamaica s football chief,
Captain Horace Burrell, has appealed
for understanding and patience from
residents on the island, angry over the
country s fading hopes of qualifying
for the Fifa World Cup in Brazil next
Burrell is also appealing for calm
among sections of the public calling for
his resignation as president of the
Jamaica Football Federation (JFF).
With only two more matches remain-
ing in the six-nation qualifying tour-
nament the Reggae Boyz face an unlikely
chance of qualifying if they can secure
a fourth-place play-off spot.
"I am begging tonight for under-
standing, I am begging for patience,"
declared the JFF president.
"... a president s tenure is not
dependent on whether or not the coun-
try qualifies for the senior World Cup,
a president s tenure is dependent on
the overall work you do in developing
the football programmes in your coun-
try."Jamaica sits at the bottom of the table
after eight matches with four points,
behind Mexico and Panama on eight
Honduras is third with 11 points, while
Costa Rica (15 points) and the USA (16)
have already booked their spots to Brazil.
"Jamaicans who believe that every
time we enter the qualification for a
World Cup that we must qualify, must
know that it is not as easy as that," said
"Yes, we would love to qualify, but
again this is not easy".
Burrell seeks to quell
angry Jamaican fans
Caledonia AIA midfielder and cap-
tain, Stephan David, wants more from
his teammates today, when the his
club tackles Mexican powerhouse
Deportivo Toluca from 8 pm at the
Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo,
in its second leg Concacaf Champions
"We just have to take advantage of
our opportunities and not be afraid,"
said the veteran midfielder. "We should
play with a little more pride and inten-
Caledonia, presently at the bottom
of Group Six in the CCL without a
point, sits behind leaders Toluca (six
points) and Guatemala s CSD Comu-
nicaciones (three points), and is out of
the running for a quarter-final spot.
The Jamaal Shabazz-coached Cale-
donia, still in search of its first career
CCL win, was defeated 3-1 by Toluca
in Mexico on August 6 at the Estadio
Nemesio Diez, which stands 8,793 feet
above sea level, an altitude favouring
the home side. Caledonia fell to a 3-
0 home defeat against Comunicaciones
on August 29 at the Hasely Crawford
Edgar Benitez, Miguel Almazan and
Raul Nava were the scorers for Toluca
in the first leg, while Caledonia s
Montserrat forward Julian Wade proved
that the Mexicans were penetrable by
scoring a late goal.
And, in the Comunicaciones contest,
Paolo Suarez, the elder brother of Liv-
erpool FC star, Luis Suarez, scored all
On Tuesday morning, Shabazz
named a 20-man squad, for the second
leg Toluca contest, which includes goal-
keepers, Grenadian, Shemel Louison
and Glenroy Samuel, Antiguan defend-
er Akeem Thomas, Nuru Abdullah
Muhammad, Aaron Lester, Noel
Williams, Kareem Joseph, Aubrey
David, Marcus Ambrose, Stephan
David, Argentine Miguel Alejandro
Romeo, Densill Theobald, Keron
Betelmy, Nathan Lewis, Abdallah
Phillips, Jamal Gay, Keyon Edwards,
Akim Armstrong, back from injury,
and CCL newcomers Kevaughn Connell
and 31 year-old Grenadian striker Kith-
"Our backs are against the wall now,"
added the 34 year-old David. "But we
have three points to play for on
Wednesday and I think everyone is
motivated and upbeat to get those three
David said he hoped the home
advantage is a strong one, with people
coming out to support the club as the
12th man on Wednesday.
Domestically, Caledonia kicked off
its Digicel Pro League 2013-14 cam-
paign on Saturday with a disappointing
3-0 loss against rivals North East Stars
at Wednesday s venue.
"I think they scored their chances
and took advantage of unforced errors,
while we didn t take advantage of our
chances," David said. "That s what
made the difference between North
East Stars and us."
But, the Caledonia captain assured
that Saturday s defeat will in no way
affect the mindset heading into
Wednesday s CCL match.
He said, "It s a loss and we weren t
happy about it, but this is Concacaf
(Champions League) and the guys are
focused. This is another competition
Following Wednesday s CCL match
against Toluca, Caledonia will return
to domestic action on Saturday in the
Digicel Pro League by visiting Central
FC from 7 pm at the Ato Boldon Sta-
dium, Couva. Shabazz and his squad
will then travel to Guatemala to wrap
up their 2013-14 CCL group stage
against Comunicaciones at the Estadio
Cementos Progreso on September 29.
for pride against
Caledonia AIA captain Stephen David, right, makes the chase after a player of Mexico's Toluca, in Mexico in
the first leg Concacaf Champions League clash between the two teams, last month.
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