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Reggae Boyz of Jamaica Won’t Dance at Copa America 2024

In 1998, Jamaica shocked the world by qualifying for the World Cup. However, since then, the Reggae Boyz haven’t done anything significant. As if that weren’t enough, two of their top players won’t be available. No wonder they’re at the bottom three when it comes to winning the Copa America 2024. Can they at least put up a good fight in Group B despite being the betting online favorites to finish last? Let’s find out.

Copa America 2024 Information

  • Dates: June 20 – July 14
  • Location: USA (14 venues)
  • Teams: 16 (10 from CONMEBOL and six from CONCACAF)
  • Defending Champions: Argentina


Reggae Boyz of Jamaica Won’t Dance at Copa America 2024
Leon Bailey #7 of Jamaica | Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images/AFP

Jamaica Winless at Copa America

Jamaica made its debut in the Copa America 2015, in which the Reggae Boyz lost to Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay. They failed to score but, curiously enough, they only conceded three goals. In other words, all three opponents suffered much more than expected.

One year later, in the first edition that was held in the United States, Jamaica also finished 0-0-3. They lost to Mexico, Uruguay and Venezuela and they also failed to score. On the other hand, they conceded six goals.

In other words, the Reggae Boyz have been a disaster at Copa America. In fact, if it weren’t for Haiti, Jamaica would be the worst team that has played in the continental tournament. Haiti is also winless but with a goal-difference of -11 while Jamaica is -9. Even so, only Mexico, Costa Rica, and the United States have played more editions than the Reggae Boyz.



Leon Bailey, Demarai Gray Among Absent Players

Leon Bailey, who plays for Aston Villa in the English Premier League, won’t be playing the continental tournament. Unfortunately, Bailey isn’t happy with the way things are handled in Jamaica and he decided to talk. I think it’s going to be a while before he comes back. That’s a shame because he was crucial for the Villagers to qualify for the UEFA Champions League after scoring 10 goals in the EPL. Only Ollie Watkins scored more with 19.

As for Demarai Gray, who has played for important clubs like Leicester City, Bayer Leverkusen and Everton, he’s injured. Gray played with England’s Under-21 squad but decided to shift in 2023. So far, he has scored five goals in 11 games with the Reggae Boyz.

Now, it’s time to talk about three players who will be playing the Copa America 2024. First, we have Michail Antonio, who plays for West Ham United in the EPL as well. The veteran finished the 2023-24 season with seven goals in all competitions. I know, that’s not a lot, but don’t underestimate Antonio’s experience and physicality.

There’s also Bobby De Cordova-Reid, who plays for Fulham of the EPL. He also scored seven goals in the recently finished season. Finally, Shamar Nicholson, who plays for Clermont in France. I didn’t say Ligue 1 because the Blue and Reds finished last and next season will play in Ligue 2. Nicholson scored four goals in the 2023-24 campaign. Again, that’s not a lot, but he’s very good on the air and extremely fast.


Jamaica Sitting at the Bottom of the Odds Board

As mentioned before, and as expected, Jamaica is way behind the soccer betting favorites to win the Copa America 2024 title. The Reggae Boyz are +15000 when it comes to dethroning Argentina. That’s the same odds as Bolivia and Panama.

Regarding Group B, in which they will face Ecuador, Mexico and Venezuela, they’re +900 to win it and -140 to finish last. The Reggae Boyz are also offering a -800 price to be eliminated in the Group Stage. Summing up, don’t expect Jamaica to pull off a stunner. I wouldn’t even expect the Reggae Boyz to win a game, but I can see them getting at least one draw.

Individually, make sure to keep an eye on Nicholson because he’s offering a +20000 price in the sportsbook to win the Golden Boot. I’m not saying he’s going to win it or even fight for it, but now you’ve a clear favorite for anytime goalscorer in Jamaica’s matches.



Question Of The Day

When was the last time that Jamaica advanced to the quarterfinals of an official tournament?

In the 2023 Gold Cup, in which the Reggae Boyz finished third.

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