I have nothing to prove, says Tappa

June 02, 2017

National coach Theodore 'Tappa' Whitmore is uncertain if a good performance from the Reggae Boyz over the series of upcoming matches will be enough to keep him in the job for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Following the national team's 2-1 defeat by Rivoli United in a practice match at Prison Oval on Wednesday, Whitmore insisted he has nothing to prove and that the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) will decide his fate when the time comes.

"I have nothing to prove. I am doing a job and I am doing it to the best of my ability, so it's not about proving, it's about getting the job done," he told STAR Sports.

This will be Whitmore's first real test in his third stint as head coach of the Reggae Boyz. They begin on Tuesday, June 13 against high-calibre South American side Peru at the Estadio de la UNSA in Arequipa, Peru.

This will be followed by the Caribbean Cup semi-finals against French Guiana on June 22. The team will then play hosts Martinique or Curacao in the final or third-place match, before kicking off their Gold Cup campaign on July 9 against Curacao.

However, the 1998 World Cup hero said he is taking things in stride and is leaving it up to the JFF to decide his fate.

"I don't know if good performance will do it (secure job). It will all be left up to the federation, but I am putting in the work and doing what it takes for us to show a difference," he said.

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