Edwards hails Under-17 camp
National Under-17 coach Andrew Edwards finally got his wish after the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) announced that the young Reggae Boyz squad will be based in a three-month residential camp until they depart for the CONCACAF final-round qualifiers in April.
For some time Edwards has been advocating for this move, as he believes it is necessary to give the team a competitive edge when they team go up against the giants of the region for a place in the youth World Cup in India next October.
According to Edwards, the camp will allow the technical staff to cater for the players' nutritional needs, give full medical support, train more consistently, and play more practice games.
"We are working with a schedule which states that the boys attend school between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and we train before and after that," he told STAR Sports.
"This residential camp is absolutely an important aspect of the overall preparation. It means that we have the players for an extensive period where we can put them through all facets of the game. It will give us an opportunity to do things in a consistent way," he added.
The camp started yesterday.
Jamaica will play in Group C with USA, Mexico, and El Salvador in the CONCACAF final round, where four World Cup places are available.