With pep in their steps, a confident-looking Costa Rican aggregation arrived in the island yesterday aiming to secure a spot in the FIFA World Cup Finals with a win over host Jamaica.
Costa Rica with 14 points, stand atop the hexagonal Confederation of North, Central American and the Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) group ahead of the United States of America on 13 points, and Honduras with 10, occupying the three automatic qualifying spots.
A win for the Los Ticos would propel them to an impregnable 17 points with two rounds remaining, and based on other favourable results, book their ticket to Brazil.
Costa Rican icon, Paulo Wanchope, 37, now the assistant coach, knows a win could secure their fourth World Cup qualification following appearances in 1990, 2002 and 2006.
"We are in a great position and are trying to secure the World Cup as soon as possible. We know that it is very difficult to have a win over here, but we will try our best," said Wanchope, an outstanding striker during his playing career.
"We are nearly there and we just need to keep calm and play our game. We know that Jamaica still has a chance to qualify and fight for the World Cup, so we need to be very precise," he noted.
"We just have to be patient, control the motions and concentrate on our game and don't think of the World Cup now," he added.
Costa Rica arrived following an impressive 3-1 demolition of the Americans in San Jose with goals from Johnny Acosta, Celso Borges and Joel Campbell, and following a 2-0 win over the Reggae Boyz in March, are once again favoured for another win.
But Wanchope, with 45 goals from 73 caps for his country, knows too well that the "The Office" is a difficult place to work.
"Throughout the years it has always been very difficult to play against Jamaica, especially over here, and we will do our best to secure the three points," he said.
"Sometimes it is difficult to play against teams that are on paper already down and low. We understand that there is a new coach and that's something we need to be careful of and play with all the attention and respect for Jamaica," he reiterated.
Wanchope, who played for English clubs Derby County, West Ham United, Manchester City, and Malaga in Spain, believes this Costa Rican outfit deserves to be top of the standing and well on their way to qualification.
"No surprise. We have great players and we have done a great job and there's a lot of good young players coming through and at the moment we deserve to be there," he pointed out.
Los Ticos were scheduled to have one training session at the National Stadium last night before engaging the Reggae Boyz today starting at 7:00 pm knowing their destiny are in their hands.