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Tuesday, 21 May, 2002, 17:56 GMT 18:56 UK
Saudi Arabia cancel friendly
Saudi striker Sami Al-Jaber is greeted by Japanese drummers at a welcoming reception
Striker Al-Jaber receives a warm welcome by the Japanese
Saudi Arabia have cancelled their scheduled friendly against Jamaica after a mix-up over the venue.

The game was meant to be part of Saudi Arabia's final preparations for their World Cup campaign.

Horace Burrell, President of the Jamaican Football Federation, said the Saudis informed him that the venue thought to be available is no longer free and that there were no match officials available.

But Burrell said that he thinks Jamaica's poor showing in a 5-0 friendly loss last Wednesday to the United States was a factor in wiping out the match.

"I seriously believe that our poor performance against the US was the reason for the eventual cancellation," said Burrell.

"I had some serious words to the coaching staff because this cannot continue.

"Our reputation is at stake and when we play poorly, teams will shun us. This is what happened."

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