Invest in young, local players - Brown
Former Reggae Boyz coach, Carl Brown, believes that if Jamaica's football is to develop, more focus should be placed on exposing and developing young, local talent.
Brown who assisted Brazilian RÈne Simoes in the successful 1998 qualification campaign told Star Sports that national development programmes must be up to par and young players must be exposed internationally so that they can develop and build confidence.
The coach is confident this is the only way Jamaica will return to the World Cup and gain qualification on a regular basis.
"In spite of what Captain (Horace) Burrell, Simoes and Carl Brown did (98), there was one significant thing. We played matches, we played 50 plus games every year for three-and-a-half years. So it's about getting the players exposed and building their confidence," Brown said
He argued that there is an argument that local players lack experience, but he recalled how he watched the '98' group grow from strength to strength as a result of playing regular, competitive internationals.
"So unless we are willing to get out there and spend the money to get us to the World Cup, we won't get there. We have these young guys playing but they need to understand international football is totally different from the domestic league," Brown added.