Alot of people are saying that this match is pointless but to me, the more matches we play the better regardless of the opposition. Some of the home based players Tappa has called upon recently have done well and have staked a claim for places in the wcq squad, J.Barrett, R.Reid and X.Virgo in particular. These players need as any games as possible and as much practice with carrying out what Tappa needs from them as possible.
Also this is another chance for more home based players to showcase their talent like the 3 I just mentioned have. It keeps the confidence in the camp going if we keep winning aswell so its a good idea to play as many matches as possible in my opinion.
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Burrell, Whitmore bat for more games in the West 10/03/2012 03:00:00 Craig Oates Font size: Decrease font Enlarge font
Theodore Whitmore, Coach of the national football team and Captain Horace Burrell, President of the Jamaica Football Federation, have pledged to do all they can to ensure that fans in the western region continue to get international football games.
Speaking to the Western Mirror after Friday evening’s emphatic win over Cuba, an elated Whitmore said “We love playing in western Jamaica; the fans were very supportive of us this afternoon and we are pleased with the support that we have received,” explained Whitmore who hails from Montego Bay.
The national team delighted the fair-sized crowd with some good ball work and the crowd revelled in every minute of the action. However, it was western Jamaica’s Dino Williams who stood out as a good prospect for the future. Albeit, he failed to get on the score sheet, he dazzled the Montego Bay Sports Complex with some fancy footwork and good off –the- ball movements.
The 21 year- old Williams, who represented Green Pond High at the daCosta Cup level and later plied his trade at Seba United (now Montego Bay United) is now at Village United.
The national coaching staff has been criticized in recent times for failing to call up western players and not using venues in the region, however, Captain Burrell was upbeat about bringing games to the region, “As long as the fans come out and support us we will bring games to western Jamaica,” he said.
Burrell continued, “Sometimes when we stage games here we lose, but we just have to continue to bring football to the people and hope that we will have more fans coming out.”
As it relates to players, Whitmore stated that as long as players show the right attitude and their performances are up to standard there will be a place in the national programme for them, “The national team is always looking to find players to fit in the system and if players display the right attitude and commitment then they will be in the team. Presently, we have a few persons from western Jamaica in the national setup, so I believe any criticism about absence of western players is unfounded,” Whitmore said.
If Fuller and/or Claude Davis are still suspended from club duties they could also come for this match to stay fit and bring some experience. I really doubt it will happen but a possibility.
You're correct to doubt it will happen, Jamatl. I don't think that a player who gets suspended in whatever league he plays can just put his hand in the air and announce that he's going on int'l duty.
I believe whatever stipulations applied before his suspension would still be in place during that suspension.
If that wasn't the case, it would not be far-fetched to see players trying to get themselves deliberately suspended in order to represent their country...especially if they played for gaffers who were reluctant to release them.
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