Schäfer wants to see Boyz more often

March 22, 2016
Schafer Ian Allen/Photographer Reggae Boyz head coach Winfried Schafer (right) looks on as defender Chris Humphrey shows his disappointment at the end of Friday night's CONCACAF World Cup qualifier at the National Stadium. Nicaragua beat the Reggae Boyz 3-2.

National senior men's football team head coach, Winfried Schaefer, is lamenting not being able to see and communicate with his overseas-based players on a more frequent basis.

The coach also confirms that Reggae Boyz captain, Rodolph Austin, whose name was not in the 23-man squad released by the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) on Sunday, will be part of the team to face Costa Rica in back-to-back World Cup qualifiers on March 25 and 29.

"One of the biggest problems is I cannot watch my players or talk to him. I can't watch my player here Sunday or Saturday and it's very important to talk to the player and their coaches and managers. We play at a high level now and are one of the best teams in CONCACAF," Schaefer said.

"But the problem I have is I can't see my players from outside Jamaica. That is one of the biggest problems for a coach. I see them one time a year and it's very important I watch my players in Europe and MLS," he reasoned.

Regarding Austin, the German told STAR Sports yesterday evening that the midfielder, who recently signed for Danish club FC Copenhagen, was nursing an injury and was being treated by the club.

However, he said he has spoken with the player, who has assured him that he is fit and will make himself available.

"These are two very important matches. We need all players that can play. Maybe he can play in the second match. We don't know. He is coming, he tells us he is OK. I cannot tell you now (when he will arrive), today is Monday and Friday is the match. He has special (recovery) training (in Denmark) now. But we have all medical papers that we need and everything in Copenhagen comes to us," he said.


Jamaica squad


AndrÈ Blake, Je-Vaughn Watson, Kemar Lawrence, Adrian Mariappa, Michael Hector, Westley Morgan, Clayton Donaldson, Garath McCleary, Jobi McAnuff, Leo Williamson, Demar Phillips, Simon Dawkins, Alvas Powell, Jermaine Taylor, Darren Mattocks, Giles Barnes, Ryan Thompson, Allan Ottey, Andre Clennon, Dever Orgill, Andrew Vanzie, Vishunul Harris, and Shaven Sean-Paul.

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