Soca Warriors avoid Jamaica in Concacaf Nations League group stage

Trinidad and Tobago will avoid Jamaica in Concacaf Nations League 2024-25 group stage action, although both teams are in Group B.

The Nations League format pits six teams in two groups with the top two finishers advancing to the quarterfinal round. However, each team has just four games and face one opponent twice.

Trinidad and Tobago forward Nathaniel James (left) holds off Jamaica defender Joel Cunningham during friendly international action at the Larry Gomes Stadium in Malabar on 3 March 2024.
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So, although the Soca Warriors are competing with Jamaica, Honduras, Cuba, Nicaragua and French Guiana for two places, they will not actually play the “Reggae Boyz” or Nicaragua.

Instead, Trinidad and Tobago travel away to Honduras on Friday 6 September and play French Guiana in Trinidad on Tuesday 10 September before tackling Cuba twice—away on Thursday 10 October and at home on Monday 14 October.

Last year, Soca Warriors head coach Angus Eve avoided Panama and Martinique in Group A, en route to a second-place finish that saw the twin island republic advance to the quarterfinal stage.

Should Trinidad and Tobago avoid defeat away to Honduras in September, the Warriors could have similar good fortune with either Jamaica or Panama knocking the other team out.

Trinidad and Tobago head coach Angus Eve (standing) minds his business during an international friendly against Guyana at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain on 15 May 2024.
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At present, the Reggae Boyz are the highest ranked Caribbean football nation at 55th in the world while Honduras are ranked 82nd by Fifa.

Trinidad and Tobago, Nicaragua and Cuba are 98th, 135th and 169th in the world respectively.

French Guiana do not have a Fifa ranking as they do not have full membership, although they are ranked 18th in Concacaf—which makes the French-speaking islanders the lowest ranked nation in Group B.

The Soca Warriors lost 4-1 in their last competitive clash with Jamaica at the 2023 Concacaf Gold Cup.

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