We need to minimise turnovers - Tappa
Reggae Boyz coach Theodore 'Tappa' Whitmore said the national senior players will need to minimise their turnovers when they play Canada in the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on Thursday.
The Jamaicans set up the tie against the North Americans after finishing second in their round robin group following a 1-1 draw against El Salvador in Texas on Sunday. El Salvador opened the scoring before Darren Mattocks helped the Jamaicans equalise with a penalty.
Whitmore said that while he was satisfied with the result from the Jamaicans, who had already qualified for the quarter-finals, he was not so impressed with the performance and said it's something that would need to be worked on for the match against Canada.
"Confident and keep improving, that's the only way. We are in a tournament, and there's not much we can ask for at this stage, but we just have to keep the confidence going," Whitmore said after the game.
Work in progress
"I think we need to keep improving as a team. There are still some areas we have a lot of concern in ... in our counterattacking game. There's not a whole lot to work on, but it's a work in progress," he said.
Whitmore said he had seen some of Canada in action but believes the Jamaicans are capable of beating them.
"I've seen bits and pieces of Canada, and with the confidence I've seen in this team, I think we have enough to go past Canada. We have shown it with CuraÁao and El Salvador. I'm confident with the group of players I have here. It's just for us now to recover and see how we approach our next game in Phoenix," he said.
If the Jamaicans win on Thursday, they will play the winner of the other quarter-final between Mexico and Honduras.