Tappa to be pon toppa tings when Jamaica play Canada on November 19th

“Leadership in football calls for constant review based on the moment and as a result of the perfect record of Mr Theodore Whitmore and the momentum of the team, the JFF and Mr Barnes met and we discussed the upcoming Canada game, and we agreed that it was the best thing to allow Mr Whitmore to continue with his work with the senior team for the November 19 World Cup Qualifier against Canada”

Captain Horace Burrell

Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore will stay on as head coach for the final CONCACAF match against Canada on November 19th at the National stadium.

Tappa

Tappa taking charge

Photo:The Jamaica Observer

Whitmore lead Jamaica to a 1-0 win over Mexico and a similar result just three days later beating Honduras also by a single goal. This is welcome news from the Jamaica Football Federation. Whitmore was name as the interim coach after the abrupt dismissal of Brazilian TD Renee Simoes in September after a spate of loses. Mean while Johnny Barnes who take up technical director role “officially” on November 1st but has agreed to allow Mr. Whitmore to carry on his good work leading into the Canada-Jamaica crucial match up.

Theodore Whitmore is said to be a man of few words but here is an excerpt from the Jamaica Gleaner where he shares the formula for success.

Taken from the Jamaica Gleaner

Selecting players

Whitmore called up 10 players who were ignored by Simoes for the first leg Mexico and Honduras games, for Saturday night’s clash.

Jamaica had lost the matches 3-0 against Mexico and 2-0 to Honduras, while they drew 1-1 with Canada.

“Another thing, I selected players to win games for me and fortunately we got the goal and as they say, the rest is history,” he added.

Whitmore, who was Simoes’ assistant, also said that studying the Mexican’s style of play and getting a winning result at almost any cost, were prime ingredients for the team’s performance.

Planning attacks

“We analysed how the Mexicans played, tightened the midfield and made our attacks primarily on the outside. In addition, heading into the match, it wasn’t a matter of how we played, it was about the result and that is what we achieved,” noted Whitmore.

“There are areas which we could do better in. But we have another game coming on Wednesday against the Hondurans and have a lot of work to do,” he stated.

He also noted that with several players ruled out for the Honduras game due to an accumulation of yellow cards, changes will be made.

For Saturday’s match, Whitmore included 16 overseas-based players in his 18-man match squad with only goalkeepers, Donovan Ricketts (Village United) and Shawn Sawyers (Portmore United) attached to local clubs.

Meanwhile, Mexico’s coach, Sven Goran Eriksson, who was in charge of his first away game with the Central Americans, said Jamaica were good tactically and played to their strengths.

“I thought the Jamaicans played very well. I think the unit is a strong one. They are physically very, very strong, they are good at set pieces, they were always dangerous at corners, free kicks, good on crosses and at the end of the game they did a lot of good contact exercise as well.

“It is a little bit our fault. We should have moved the ball quicker, that is the only way to beat them, as we did at home in Mexico. That’s why they beat us,” he explained.

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~ by RB on October 17, 2008.

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