Internationals | Jamaica qualify for Copa America


Michael Hector and Karoy Anderson enjoyed a memorable night in Canada in the early hours of Wednesday morning as Jamaica qualified for the Copa America and progressed to the semi-finals of the CONCACAF Nations League.

Hector was introduced at half-time as the Reggae Boyz came from behind to record a thrilling 3-2 victory against Canada in the second leg of the quarter-final, meaning Jamaica progressed to the final four on away goals following a 4-4 aggregate score.

Academy graduate Anderson was an unused substitute in Toronto.

Jamaica will take on the USA in the CONCACAF Nations League semi-finals at Dallas Cowboys' AT&T Stadium on March 21st, 2024, with the victors taking on Panama or Mexico in the showpiece final three days later.


Elsewhere this international break, fellow academy graduate Daniel Kanu earned his senior Sierra Leone debut.

The striker, who is currently on loan at Southend United, came on as a 58th-minute substitute as nine-man Sierra Leone suffered a 2-0 defeat against Egypt in World Cup qualifying.

That was preceded by a goalless draw against Ethiopia.


Terell Thomas captained St Lucia to a goalless draw with Saint Kitts and Nevis before scoring his first international goal in a 2-1 defeat against Sint Maarten. That meant the Piton Boyz finished second in CONCACAF Nations League B Group A.

Ashley Maynard-Brewer was an unused substitute for Australia as they made a perfect start to their 2026 World Cup qualifying campaign, claiming a 7-0 triumph over Bangladesh and a 1-0 win against Palestine.

James Abankwah was on the bench for both of Ireland’s U21 UEFA European qualifiers. Jim Crawford's side fell to a 3-2 defeat in Norway before being denied all three points late on in a dramatic 2-2 draw with Italy in Cork. 

Meanwhile, Richard Chin joined Malaysia’s U23s for the first time for a centralised training camp in preparation for next year’s AFC Asian Cup in Qatar next April.

(Photos: Jamaica Football Federation and Ronald Sesay)

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