Darren Mattocks, who plays centre forward for Jamaica’s senior men’s national football team and scored in their 3-2 loss to Nicaragua in the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers last Friday, believes all is not lost and the Reggae Boyz will bounce back. The 25-year-old netted in the first leg and has now scored 11 goals overall for Jamaica. He might just be thinking that his biggest test for his country could be tomorrow night. “To get back two goals, that’s definitely something we are going to build on and move forward. I am pretty confident we will learn and make all corrections and go to Nicaragua and get the job done,” he pointed out in a post-game interview late Friday night. Mattocks reasoned that the result would be seen as very disappointing by the Jamaican people, but maintained that the visitors played well, amid suggestions that the Reggae Boyz underestimated them or put in a lacklustre performance. SOMETHING TO LEARN FROM “I wouldn’t say we underestimated them, to be honest. Sometimes we don’t know what teams are capable of doing until we play them, and that’s what happened here tonight (Friday). I think they played well and surprised us. Many wouldn’t expect them to come into Kingston and defeat us, but it’s something that we learn from and we will continue growing,” he said. Tomorrow night inside the Estadio Nacional stadium in Managua, Jamaica must win or face elimination from yet another FIFA World Cup Qualifying campaign. Getting a positive result in the return leg, Mattocks says, begins with thinking positive and working as a team. “They (Nicaragua) have got a good set of players, and they attack as a team, so that’s where their goals came from. Now we know that’s how they play, so now we are going to make all corrections and go forward,” he stressed. The player added that the upset was a lesson for the Reggae Boyz, “who have come a long way”, adding they are determined to continue. The match will kick off tomorrow night at 8:30 p.m.
1 Juventus will NOT attempt to re-sign Arsenal and Chelsea target Alvaro Morata if Real Madrid buy him back this summer.With both London clubs among those circling for Morata, Real Madrid look set to exercise their buy-back option of their former striker.That fee is set at a relatively modest £23m – and they are expected to sell him straight on for around £50m in a shrewd piece of summer business.Chelsea and Arsenal have been linked with moves for the Spain international, still only 23, but it has been suggested that Serie A champions Juve will also bid to take him straight back to Turin.However, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Juve are wary that his wage demands would be way too high for them and look set to withdraw from the race.It has been suggested that Morata wants around £6m-per-year, which would even far eclipse what Juventus pay their top earners Gianluigi Buffon and Paul Pogba.And, although he has become an established first-team player since arriving in 2014, he has scored just 15 goals in his 63 Serie A appearances so Juve feel they may get better value for money elsewhere. Alvaro Morata