Mexico will kick off its road to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil facing Guyana at home. While media coverage surrounding El Tri has been mainly geared towards predicting a blowout in favor of the Mexicans, Guyana coach Jamaal Shabazz is telling press he hopes his team can weather the storm at the Estadio Azteca.
“This is a big moment for Guyana. [It's] the toughest game we will ever face in our [lives] and an opportunity we are ready to take," Shabazz told press in preparation for the match.
The Golden Jaguars are currently ranked 104th in the world according to FIFA's world rankings, and are CONCACAF's 12th best, behind Guatemala and Trinidad & Tobago, a team they beat in November of last year to cement their presence in the next round of World Cup qualifying.
Mexico, ranked 19th overall by FIFA, will present a far more difficult exam for Shabazz's team. To beat Mexico, Shabazz says, would be nothing short of epic.
"I hope you all remember the biblical passage in which David defeated Goliath against all odds, well that's what we've come to do against Mexico," said Shabazz upon arriving in Mexico City.
Forward Gregory Richardson was a bit more confident in his assessment, calling his team fearless.
"We didn't come here with fear because this is just a football game. We're here on our own merits and we know that we don't just have the capability to defend well, but to attack, too."
Mexico and Guyana will face off Friday, at 8:00 p.m. ET.
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