'Bibi' to bolster Boyz in do-or-die against Cuba

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 | 7:51 PM    

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DEEP BAY, Antigua —Former Bolton Wanderers star Ricardo ‘Bibi’ Gardner could get his first start when Jamaica tackle Cuba in a death-defying match in the CFU Caribbean Championship at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium on Wednesday night.

Gardner, 34, who recently returned to the Reggae Boyz set-up after as three-year absence, looks likely to replace suspended Demar Phillips, who picked up two yellow cards in a rugged contest against Martinique on Monday.

The wily left-back has given solid renditions in his two appearances here as a substitute.

“Ricardo Gardner could start for Demar Phillips,” confirmed assistant coach, Alfredo Montesso.

Other members of the starting line-up should be Dwayne Miller, Shavar Thomas, Montrose Phinn,  Lovel Palmer, Alvas Powell, Jason Morrison, Jermaine Hue, Darren Mattocks, Tramaine Stewart and Jermaine Anderson.

Jamaica are in a do-or-die clash against the Cubans as they make desperate bid to defend their regional title.

Martinique and French Guiana will clash in the curtain-raiser at 5:00 pm (4:00 pm Jamaica time).

Martinique are the clear leaders of Group B on four points following their 1-0 defeat of Cuba in their opening game on Saturday and a tough 0-0 draw against 10-man Jamaica on Monday.

Cuba and French Guiana are ahead of Jamaica on three points apiece after each registering a win and a loss. It was French Guiana’s 2-1 win over the Boyz that have put the latter in the awkward position that they have found themselves.

Cuba, meantime, came from behind to clip French Guiana 2-1 in Monday’s opener of a double-header to throw the “group of death” wide open.

— Sean Williams





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