Boyz World Cup date clashes with 'Champs', but officials foresee solution

Saturday, November 10, 2012

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Jamaica's first home game of the CONCACAF final round of World Cup qualifiers against Panama on March 22 clashes with another sport 'biggy' on the local calendar.


Following the draw in Miami Beach on Wednesday to establish a final schedule of the decisive round, the Reggae Boyz were drawn to face the Central Americans on the penultimate day of the ISSA Boys and Girls Athletics Championships, which was expected to run from March 19-23, 2013.


The March 22 meeting follows that of the Boyz's opening game of the hexagonal round in an away acid test to Mexico on February 6.


Speaking to the Jamaica Observer yesterday, president of the Jamaica Football Federation, Captain Horace Burrell, said it was an unfortunate coincidence and stressed that the FIFA set date offers no flexibility unless in very extreme circumstances.


"It's unfortunate but the FIFA date can't be changed... I have spoken with ISSA's representative George Forbes and I am confident it will all be worked out amicably. We respect Champs and what it means to the people of Jamaica, but in a situation like this there is no flexibility in the FIFA schedule. But I am certain that in the end it is a matter that will be resolved to benefit and satisfaction of all," Burrell said.


According to FIFA rules, only an incident of force majeure could force a change in the rigid fixture.


In a wikipedia definition, force majeure is a common clause in contracts that essentially frees both parties from liability or obligation when an extraordinary event or circumstance beyond the control of the parties, such as a war, strike, riot, crime, or an event described by the legal term act of God (such as hurricane, flooding, earthquake, volcanic eruption, etc), prevents one or both parties from fulfilling their obligations under the contract.


Meanwhile, competitions director of ISSA, George Forbes, said since the FIFA fixture can't be changed under the existing circumstances, the umbrella group and organisers of the mega school athletics festival may have to consider bringing the event forward by a week — March 12-16.


"I spoke to Captain Burrell today (yesterday) and he informed me that the FIFA schedule can't be changed... it will be a big challenge, but we maybe able to bring our schedule forward by a week. ISSA will meet on Wednesday to discuss the matter. We do understand that a World Cup qualifier is an international event and that will take precedence," Forbes noted.


CONCACAF Hexagonal schedule


February 6


Mexico vs Jamaica


Honduras vs United States


Panama vs Costa Rica


March 22


Jamaica vs Panama


Honduras vs Mexico


United States vs Costa Rica


March 26


Mexico vs United States


Panama vs Honduras


Costa Rica vs Jamaica


June 4


Jamaica vs Mexico


June 7


Jamaica vs United States


Panama vs Mexico


Costa Rica vs Honduras


June 11


Mexico vs Costa Rica


Honduras vs Jamaica


United States vs Panama


June 18


United States vs Honduras


Costa Rica vs Panama


September 6


Mexico vs Honduras


Panama vs Jamaica


Costa Rica vs United States


September 10


Jamaica vs Costa Rica


Honduras vs Panama


United States vs Mexico


October 11


Mexico vs Panama


United States vsJamaica


October 15


Jamaica vs Honduras


Panama vs United States


Costa Rica vs Mexico


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