Whitmore confident taking Reggae Boyz to Gold Cup

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) – Head coach Theodore Whitmore says he is confident of leading Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz into the prestigious CONCACAF Gold Cup in July.

The former national star was an interim replacement last September for German Winfried Schaefer following the country’s failed 2018 World Cup campaign, and the Jamaica Football Federation said this week he would continue in the position for upcoming friendlies against United States and Honduras.

Whitmore however, who enjoyed a previous four-year stint as Reggae Boyz head coach, said he was eyeing a long-term appointment.

“It’s always a pleasure [to coach Jamaica]. It’s something I want to do and I know that I can achieve great things. We just need time to put things in place to make it successful,” Whitmore told the Gleaner newspaper here.

“I wouldn’t say [the appointment is only for] two games, because I am thinking it will be up to the Gold Cup, so I definitely believe I will lead the team into the Gold Cup and I think I am getting closer to landing the job on a more permanent basis.”

Whitmore made a successful start to his second stint in charge, overseeing wins over Guyana and Suriname in the third round of the CFU Caribbean Cup last October as Jamaica reached the finals set for June.

Reggae Boyz play the USA on February 3 at the Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee and square off against Honduras 13 days later at the BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas.

This year’s Gold Cup runs from July 7-26 in the United States.

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