Boyz were sure of Guyana win - Whitmore

October 14, 2016
Reggae Boyz striker Dino Williams

Jamaica senior team coach, Theodore 'Tappa' Whitmore, said although the team didn't have a great start against Guyana in their third round CFU Caribbean Cup qualifiers and went down 2-0 after 30 minutes, the group was always confident of beating the Guyanese and coming home with the three points.

"The team started slowly and took a while before we got into our own. Guyana didn't create a lot of chances against us and they got their goals from two set pieces. In the last 15 minutes of the first-half we started seeing what we wanted to see and the boys kept their head and we knew that once we did what we wanted we would get something from the game," he recounted on the team's return to the island Wednesday evening.

"We went in at half time and the good thing about it was that the players weren't panicking, they knew they were the better team and in the second half-we made two tactical changes and brought in (Owayne) Gordon and (Dino) Williams and they couldn't keep up with the pace of those players.

He says they will now get ready for do-or-die encounter with Suriname, at a date to be announced.

"Suriname is young and energetic and we will have to do what we have to do to contain them. We will have to get the players together to do some work. The MLS is ending soon and we are hoping to have some of those players. Suriname have been together for some time but this (delay) will give us some time to prepare," he said.

Jamaica and Suriname share the lead in Group One with three points after one game each. Jamaica holds a better goal difference. The top team from the group qualifies automatically for the Gold Cup.

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