Whitmore To Be Positive Against Canada

July 20, 2017
Jamaica's head coach Theodore Whitmore

Jamaica's senior men's team head coach Theodore Whitmore said that a positive approach will be employed when his Reggae Boyz face Canada in the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarter-final this evening.

The Jamaicans qualified in second place from Group C and face Canada because they also finished second, but from Group A.

Whitmore said that the approach will be similar to the previous game where they drew 1-1 with El Salvador.

"We will approach the game just like the approach we took against El Salvador," he said. "The problem I had is that we wanted to start the game - we have seen a much better second half in the El Salvador (game) but a quarter final of this magnitude, I want to start from the get go.

"Again we keep improving and that's a plus for us. Our quarter final game (today), we want to treat it just like we did the start of the competition. I think the boys know the task at hand and I think we are ready to go."

confident and focusing

Whitmore said that the team will focus on playing its game and not looking to match whatever tactics the Canadians employ.

"I saw a bit of the Canada team but I'm pretty much confident and focusing on my team and what we need to do to come out victorious today. Canada on the other hand must be doing something why they are in this position. Regardless of the opponent, whether it be Canada, USA or Mexico, we just have to be focused on our job at hand and go out there and give a good account of ourselves.

Two changes will be made to the team's starting 11 as Whitmore looks to make adjustments to his midfield.

"Fisher will be out, we'll bring in Shaun Francis, so it's important that the players who haven't gotten any playing time can remain focused and come in and do a job for us," Whitmore said. "Gordon will be in midfield with Watson and as I said Francis will come in for Fisher and that's the midfield. The backline will remain the same, and Mattocks and Williams up front."

This evening's game at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona kicks off at 6:30pm Jamaica time.

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