Jamaica's football programme needs review - Grange

September 07, 2016
Olivia Grange

Following Jamaica's 2-0 loss to Haiti last night at the National Stadium, the Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, has called for a thorough review of the national football programme.

Jamaica's chance of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia ended on Friday when they lost to Panama. There was further humiliation last night when the team lost to Haiti at home.

And like many Jamaicans, Grange was also disheartened.

“Like everyone in the country, I am disappointed that we’re out of World Cup contention, and I’m particularly disappointed with tonight’s (last night) result at the National Stadium. Many of the fans stayed away at precisely the time when the boys needed their support the most," she said.

“It is clear that the players, the coaches and the entire JFF (Jamaica Football Federation) leadership have some work to do immediately. I’m calling on them to begin a careful and thorough review of our football programme at every level - not necessarily to apportion blame, but to fix problems and improve the performance of our teams. It’s time to re-evaluate, re-calibrate, and re-formulate for future success. We’re out of the World Cup.  Let’s now review and get ready to defend our Caribbean title.”

Jamaica will face Guyana on October 5 in their opening match of the Caribbean Cup.

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