Whitmore pleased with Boyz' progress

July 19, 2017
Jamaica's head coach Theodore Whitmore


REGGAE BOYZ head coach Theodore 'Tappa' Whitmore is in good spirits after Jamaica's performances in this summer's CONCACAF Gold Cup being played in the United States.

The Reggae Boyz advanced from Group C in second position, behind winners Mexico, and will face Canada in quarter-final action tomorrow.

Whitmore said the level of maturity shown by his players in each game has given him reason to be upbeat about their chances in the tournament.

"Game by game, I've seen improvement in such a short space of time. I'm very pleased with the way how players deal with situations and how they handle themselves out on the pitch, he said.

"We still have areas that we need to work on, how we manage the games and all of that but, with a bit more time, it will happen."

Whitmore also reflected on his growth in the role as head coach, saying it was important to accept changes as they come along, in order to grow as an individual in the sport.

"The game is the best teacher, regardless of who we are," he said. "Every day in football, things change, things improve. We just have to stay with the time. It's like, once we had typewriters, now we have computers, laptop and everything changes, even phone technology.

"So you just have to stay with it. The game is a learning process. Once you come to the realisation that, 'I know it all', then that's where you lose it, so it's about improving," Whitmore said.

The Reggae Boyz meet Canada at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona tomorrow at 6:30 p.m.

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