Jamaica Reggae Boyz friendly against Catalonia still on the cards despite coronavirus threat

By Sports Desk March 01, 2020

Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz are continuing to prepare for an upcoming friendly against Spanish team Catalonia, despite the ongoing disruptions caused by the spread of the coronavirus in Europe.

A total of 73 cases have been identified in Spain so far, as Europe struggles to get the virus under control.  In Catalonia, where the Jamaica national team are expected to face the region at the end of the month, the number of persons infected has reached to 9.

Team manager of the national team Roy Simpson has insisted that while the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) was keeping a watchful eye on the situation, the plans for the friendly so far remained in place.

“We continue to monitor the spread of the coronavirus. We are aware of the first case identified in Catalonia where we’ll be playing the game next month,” Simpson told RJR Radio in a recent interview.

“We’ve not been advised of any travel restrictions there so we continue to monitor that situation and if we get advice that it is unsafe to travel we will have to yield to that. As we speak now, all plans are still in place for travel to the UK and Spain mid next month,” he added.

The Jamaicans are expected to return to action in two week’s time when they face Bermuda in a friendly international on March 11 at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.

 

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