• Uruguay face Jamaica in Group B of the tournament on Saturday 
  • Edinson Cavani was speaking ahead of his side’s Copa America clash 
  • The competition kicked off with Chile vs Ecuador on Friday morning 

Associated Press

Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani has apologised for calling Jamaica an African team.

While analysing Uruguay’s first opponent in the Copa America, the Paris Saint-Germain player said that all teams are difficult to play against, especially ‘an African team, which we all know focus on their physical strength.’

Cavani used his Twitter account on Thursday to apologise to the Caribbean nation.

Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani controls the ball during his side's training session on Wednesday 

Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani controls the ball during his side’s training session on Wednesday 

He said: ‘In my mind I compared the similar playing styles of the Jamaicans and the African nations, but I only expressed half of my reasoning and it sounded pretty bad.’

Uruguay face Jamaica on Saturday to open Group B in the South American tournament that began on Thursday in Chile.

The Paris Saint-Germain striker mistakenly referred to Jamaica as 'an African team' 

The Paris Saint-Germain striker mistakenly referred to Jamaica as ‘an African team’ 

 

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