Good performance needed in Martinique - Waite
Jamaica national men's senior team assistant coach Jerome Waite says that the upcoming Caribbean Cup semi-final match against French Guiana in Martinique will be a major test for spots in the team for the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament in July.
A 40-man provisional squad was released by the organisers, CONCACAF, last week, from which a 23-man squad will be selected by the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF).
"Definitely, it was a test for the players, but it wasn't easy because of the high altitude in Peru," Waite told STAR Sports yesterday on arrival in Kingston following a 3-1 defeat to Peru last Tuesday night in that country.
"The high altitude made it difficult. As a result of that, it took a toll on the players' performance. One of the things is that some of the players played in high altitude for the first time. Others were a little more experienced. The concentration level went to pieces," Waite explained.
Looking to the CONCACAF Gold Cup in the United States of America (USA) scheduled for July 7-26, Waite said that the Caribbean Cup finals is the big test for players to be included in the final roster for the Gold Cup.
SQUAD NOT COMPLETE
"The final squad is not yet completed. We will include overseas players from Europe and USA as we have to come up with a strong Gold Cup contingent to be competitive," the Reggae Boyz assistant coach reasoned.
"It will come to a good performance next week in the Caribbean Cup for some players to be selected in the final squad for the Gold Cup. It will be another test for them," he added.
The Jamaica provisional Gold Cup squad reads: Andre Blake, Damian Hyatt, Dwayne Miller, Ryan Thompson, Javain Brown, Oneil Fisher, Shaun Francis, Fabian Grant, Rosario Harriott, Kemar Lawrence, Damion Lowe, Alvas Powell, Ladale Ritchie, Jamie Robinson, Keithy Simpson, Jermaine Taylor, Michael Binns, Shawn Genus; Ewan Grandison; Jamiel Hardware, Vishinul Harris; Omar Holness, Kevon Lambert, Andre Lewis, Tevin Shaw, Je-Vaughn Watson, Cory Burke; Junior Flemmings, Owayne Gordon, Jermaine Johnson, Dane Kelly, Darren Mattocks, Shamar Nicholson, Devor Orgill, Fabian Reid, and Romario Williams.
The Reggae Boyz will play in Group C against CuraÁao on July 9; Mexico on July 13, and El Salvador on July 16.