Tappa loses cool with unfit Fletcher

May 18, 2017

NATIONAL senior team coach, Theodore 'Tappa' Whitmore, has read the riot act to young Cornwall College and Montego Bay United forward, Jourdain Fletcher, who has not stood up to the rigours of training twice daily.

Fletcher, last season's leading schoolboy goalscorer, made his senior debut in February, earning another call-up for the 24-man squad in training for next month's away friendly against Peru, the Caribbean Cup and Gold Cup.

However, after training on Tuesday, Fletcher missed yesterday morning's session, infuriating Whitmore, who said the striker was walking a thin rope and needs to realise his potential and opportunities before it's too late.

"Yesterday (Tuesday), we had a serious talk with Jourdain Fletcher, because the report coming out of Montego Bay United is not a good one in terms of his training. I met with the coach of Montego Bay United and he was disappointed that Fletcher was even here (national training).

"I spoke with him and I understand his concern. For one to be playing for the national team, he must be playing for their club, and he is not playing regularly," Whitmore pointed out.

"When you look at a national player who has done well in the just concluded daCosta cup and he is coming off the bench in the Sportsmax Elite League, that cannot augur well for him," he added

Apart from his reported indiscipline towards training, Whitmore said Fletcher has been having other behavioural issues in the Second City. A MOntego Bay native himself, Whitmore insisted he will not compromise his principles for Fletcher, or any other player, and warned the schoolboy to get his act together before it's too late.

"I always get stick because Fletcher is from Montego Bay and I am from Montego Bay, so I understand, but I won't compromise my position to suit anyone, not Jourdain Fletcher or anyone else. The youngster has the opportunity but he has to want it," he said.

"There are many players who want to represent the country and we want to bring back the idea of people representing the country with pride, so we can't keep lagging behind because of one player. He has to start showing an interest in himself, his club and his country," Whitmore pointed out.

"We understand that Fletcher is young and we are to give him time, but how much time can we give him?"

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