Don't turn back on Boyz - Coley
Jamaica assistant coach Miguel Coley said Jamaican supporters shouldn't turn their backs on the Reggae Boyz who gave their all at the recent Copa America and CONCACF Gold Cup tournaments.
The Jamaicans, many locals argue, gave a lacklustre performance against Panama in a 2-0 World cup Qualifying loss inside the National Stadium last Friday. They rebounded to defeat Port Au Prince 1-0 in Haiti on Tuesday.
"When you watched this team playing in the Copa, and you watch them in the Gold Cup, they give everything on the football pitch. These players come here to fight for their country. we need the public to really rally around us, as much as possible, in spite of this result," Coley said following Friday night's game.
"It's football and it's never easy. we have a tough set of boys, who as I say, when the going gets tough, they will rise to the occasion," he added.
The assistant coach dismissed assertions that the players disappointing showing might have been caused by distractions with their contract situations and wages.
"I won't get too technical with that. How we played today is something we have to look at. We are a better team than what we played (Friday)," he said.
Only the top two teams from the zone will advance to the six-nation. Hexagonal round that ultimately decides the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup Finals in Russia.
The Reggae Boyz are aiming to make it to a FIFA World Cup for the first time since 1998.