Navion and Kemar could have still play in this games as trials have been over for a week.JT,Dane,Watson and Demar should have been on the field tomarow.Wat di hell going on man??? I hope Cummings make di trip cause if he dont play the scoreline be embarasing to say the least.
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HEFEI, China — Head coach Theodore 'Tappa' Whitmore was a picture of relief when the remainder of his 15-man Reggae Boyz squad touched down in the People's Republic of China without incident yesterday for a friendly game against the hosts. Game time today is 7:35 pm (6:35 am Jamaica time) and will be played at the newly-built 60,000-capacity Hefei Olympic Sports Centre.
Faced with a looming crisis of a player shortage, which caused great anxieties here among team officials ahead of today's kick-off in this eastern Chinese city, nerves were calmed when the overseas-based bunch of the downsized squad arrived and settled into the team hotel. Following expressed uncertainty due to unresolved visa-related matters, Scandinavia-based pros Rudolph Austin, Damion Williams, Dwayne Kerr and Luton Shelton landed in the country without incident as special arrangements were made for visas to be issued on entering Shanghai and Beijing. And as the puzzle finally started coming together, it delighted the Jamaican staff and fellow players when the USA's Omar Cummings joined the group last night and dined with them at their Hongrui Jinling Grand Hotel base here. And just before press time yesterday, the team's US-based captain Shavar Thomas, who missed his original flight out of Kansas on Monday, had arrived in Beijing, where he will overnight before continuing on to Hefei by air. "I'm glad that I have seen a group that I can select a team from... there were a lot challenges, but it's something that we have to face, but the good thing about it is that the players are smiling and everyone was happy," said Whitmore last night. The team's travel arrangements went spiralling from last-minute withdrawals by players for one reason or another, which then forced team administrators to make a mad-rush to find late replacements and to re-organise travel plans and secure the requisite visas. Two notable late withdrawals from a final 18-man squad were Toronto FC's Ryan Johnson and Aalesund FC's Jason Morrison. Claiming injuries, Johnson and Morrison gave notice of their unavailability on the weekend after final travel plans had already been made for them, which according to JFF officials here has cost the federation and game organisers dearly. "I am disappointed in that some players who were invited didn't show up, both local and overseas," said Whitmore, Jamaica's two-goal hero at the France 1998 World Cup Finals. The JFF also blamed tardiness on the part of the China Football Association, who was said to be leisurely in procuring important documentation from their end to facilitate the speedy processing of visas, which is a requirement to enter the communist state. But with that behind him now and the game against the hosts now mere hours away, Whitmore wants to take the positive from what could have been a humiliating situation for Jamaica's football. "Again we have to look at the positives; the fact is we are here and we have a job to do, we now have to go out there and work to the best of our abilities and try and get a positive result... even if we don't get a positive result, I will be satisfied if the players go out there and give a good performance," he told the Observer shortly after a "light session" at the match venue last evening. "We have been in these situations before, and it happened, and who's to tell, it may happen again... we just have to prepare ourselves at all times," Whitmore said of his players arriving so close to the day of an international game. Thirteen players -- including the newly arrived quartet -- were taken through mainly warm-up exercises by the physical trainer Andre Waugh, in a 45-minute workout at the match venue. Whitmore steered clear of any contact drills, fearing injuries to an already cropped team. On Monday, the nine players who travelled together from Kingston, did a scrimmage set. Whitmore and his 44th-ranked FIFA outfit will have Sriyrianska FC's Dwayne Miller, Sporting Kansas's Thomas, Waterhouse's Keneil Moodie, Portmore's Adrian Reid, Boys' Town's Xavian Virgo, Portmore's Eric Vernan, Nybergsund's Williams, SK Brann's Austin, Valerenga FC's Shelton, unattached Omar Daley and Colorado Rapids' Cummings taking the field against the 73rd FIFA-ranked China. "As a coach you always have to have something in mind, you have to always be prepared," he said of naming the team without any proper training. Prior to the match -- which will mark the third meeting between the tiny island nation of Jamaica (2.7 million inhabitants) and China, the most populous nation on earth with 1.3 billion people -- Whitmore plans to sit with his technical team and players to devise a strategy to counter the fast-moving Chinese. "We know that the Chinese team is hard-running and play direct, but we must sit tomorrow (today) to see how we will approach the game tactically," he noted. The other members of the shrunken squad are the Harbour View duo of Montrose Phinn and Richard Edwards, Waterhouse's Richard McCallum and Portmore's Ricardo Cousins. Meanwhile, the hard-working team doctor Carlton Fraser said that the players, especially the late arrivals, are way beyond full recovery from their trans-continental flights, but said "determination" to do well today could very well prove to be the tonic they need for optimum performance. "Firstly we have to go to the basics to ensure that nutritional intake and hydration requirements are met, although they are going to be short of the recovery period... to say that they will be able to perform at 100 per cent, we will have to watch, wait and see. "A lot of this will go into the players' determination... how much they would like to perform for this game, because as far as their clinical situation goes, it will be 'ifs' and 'maybes'," said Fraser. Jamaica's starting XI — Dwayne Miller, Shavar Thomas, Adrian Reid, Xavian Virgo, Eric Vernan, Damion Williams, Omar Daley, Keneil Moodie, Rudolph Austin, Luton Shelton, Omar Cummings. China (from) — Yang Zhi, Guan Zhen, Zhang Lie, Li Xuepeng, Wang Qiang, Rong Hao, Du Wei, Feng Xiaoting, Liu Jianye, Wu Xi, Zhang Xinxin, Zhao Xuri, Hao Junmin, Deng Zhuoxiang, Feng Renliang, Yu Hanchao, Huang Bowen, Yang Hao, Yu Hai, Zheng Zhi, Yang Xu, Qu Bo and Gao Lin.