SSR Accomplished magazine  featuring Thierry Henry


Jamaica Hex'perience   

By Audley Boyd (Sports Editor Jamaica Gleaner Newspaper)

 Page 38 ...........With the loss to Costa Rica the Reggae Boyz fell to the bottom of the pile, and it was understandable that coach Whitmore and the Boyz were targeting maximum points in their upcoming games at the National Stadium in Kingston to revive their campaign. 

“We’ve to start getting three points, whether home or away,” said Theodore Whitmore, the Jamaica team’s head coach. “I think that’s going to make the difference. It’s still close when you look at the other teams; five points, four points, three points.” 

Page 39.................The Panamanians had already proven themselves as a main contender, with a strong 1-1 tie against Jamaica in Kingston where Marvin Elliott’s 23rd minute header gave Jamaica the lead, but the Boyz could not hold up when Luis Henriquez equalizer in the 66th minute for a 1-1 final score.  

“The points that we dropped, unfortunately I think we should’ve got the three points,” said Jermaine ‘Teddy’ Johnson, one of the team’s most impressive players this campaign.

“We’re disappointed to drop three points because it’s a home game; you’re going to be disappointed” he  noted.

 Page 41..................Jamaica is still mathematically in the race, but the Boyz are moving in the wrong direction in search of one of the top four finishes in the six-team race. Whitmore insisted that his challenge during Jamaica's  Hex’perience was getting the team together: “We haven’t been able to play together as a team as much as I would like, and that creates problems”, he said


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Jamaica Hex'perience   

By Aldwyn McGill 

While the play of the Jamaica Reggae Boyz at the 2014 World Cup Brazil has wavered, my opinion on their chances has not. I maintained that home field and a revamped offense was their way to success.  This was apparent after watching the Caribbean Championship in Antigua where it was obvious to me that the Reggae Boyz offensive strategies needed fine tuning; It seemed like the only logical explanation after watching Jamaica under coach Theodore "Tappa" Whitmore sent packing at the group stage of the CFU tournament with only one goal scored and a winless (0-2-1) record.


The Reggae Boyz did advance to the final (Hexagonal’) round, but that was after approaching the last group match of the round trailing both USA and Guatemala, on points and on goal difference. Luckily, the Reggae Boyz was the beneficiary of a USA victory against Guatemala while all the other chips fell in place.   


As the last Caribbean hope in the Hexagonal (final) round, the Boyz had delivered on home field to that point, so a revamped offensive should have been the main concern of coach Whitmore to put teams away.  Understandably, Jamaica scoring problem was masked when the Reggae Boyz opened the Hex' with a well-deserved historic 0-0 draw at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico and the hype attracted a sold out crowd for the next game against Panama in Kingston. But the momentum did not transformed into goals before a sold out crowd at the “Office” in Kingston where the Reggae Boyz took an early lead but Panama equalized in the second half and took over the play for a 1-1 final score.


Jamaica has scored just one goal in four matches since and is the first team in the 2014 Hex’ to lose at home; not once, but twice. After a (third consecutive) 2-0 loss in Honduras, Coach Whitmore did the honourable thing and resigned.


The JFF in  its wisdom,  has since hired the ever experienced German Winfried 'Winnie' Schafer as head coach of the Reggae Boyz with Vin Blaine, head of the Jamaica women’s program, as Schafer’s assistant for the remainder of the 2014 campaign.


Schafer made it clear that he was not in Jamaica to change the Boyz style of play, but more to change the mentality of the players. But, I think that Schafer will soon discover however, that he will have to change the Reggae Boyz style of play somewhat, in order to produce the goals needed to win the upcoming games.


It is no secret that Jamaica has to win practically its four remaining games to stand any realistic chance for a top four finish.  The Boyz is in last place in the six-team standings with just two points and two goals scored. My hunch is that we may see (as per the 2010 W-C campaign) the Reggae Boyz play a wide open style to end their 2014 campaign on a positive note.  The million dollar question is, will it be too little, too late? 


For the complexion of the race to change from its present state into Jamaica's favour, more teams will have to lose at home.                                                                          


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