Boyz must make the most of Saudi friendlies - Blake

October 20, 2020
Andre Blake
Andre Blake

Reggae Boyz captain, Andre Blake, is hoping the two friendly international matches against Saudi Arabia, in the Middle Eastern country on November 14 and 17, will advance the team's preparation for the World Cup qualifiers next year.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, there is still a lot of uncertainty surrounding the players who will be available for the two-game series.

Nevertheless, the Philadelphia Union goalkeeper is hoping the coaching staff can be able assemble their strongest possible squad in order to continue building team chemistry and other aspects of their game.

"Given the time that we are in I am not sure if we will have the full team available. But, hopefully, that is not the case and we can take advantage of the situation and make the best use of these two friendlies," he said.

"Every time the team gets a chance to play it is always very important, especially this time around. So we now get a chance to continue building team chemistry, know about each other better and how each other play."

Solid test

Saudia Arabia, a five-time World Cup participant and three-time Asian Cup winner, are expected to give the Theodore Whitmore-coached team a solid test, as the Reggae Boyz search for their best eleven ahead of their first World Cup qualifying match next June.

But Blake is unfazed by the Asian standard-bearers, as he is convinced that if they get the things they have worked on in the past right, it will lead to the results they desire on the tour.

"If we have good team chemistry we know the results will come, so, hopefully, we can find our chemistry and make the best use of this opportunity," he added.

The 29-year-old Blake was named national team captain in 2017. He has played more than 40 matches and has registered more than 10 clean sheets with the Reggae Boyz. In 2014, he was named Golden Glove winner of the Caribbean Cup football tournament, as well as the 2017 Concacaf Gold Cup, where he led Jamaica to the final against host USA but missed that game with a hand injury he picked up in the semi-final against Mexico.

The national team last played in March on this year in a 2-0 friendly win over Bermuda with a local squad at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.

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