Give more against Mexico, Tappa urges
Jamaica men's senior football team head coach Theodore 'Tappa' Whitmore has urged his team to give more of themselves ahead of tomorrow's Gold Cup semi-final clash with Mexico.
The Reggae Boyz beat Canada 2-1 in the quarterfinal on Thursday night through goals from Shaun Francis and Romario Williams. However, Junior Hoilett, who scored for Canada, made the end of the game nervy for the Jamaicans as they came under constant attack for the final 30 minutes.
Whitmore warned the team about complacency setting in.
"We need more," he said. "I think they have more in them. I think we need to be a bit hungrier and always demand more. We can't be too comfortable with where we are and I think we demand more from these players. We're looking forward to the semi final and hope we can keep improving as a team."
Midfielder Kevon Lambert will be missing from tomorrow's game as he reached his yellow card limit. Whitmore said that this is the only real issue, as other players who picked up injuries during the game may still feature tomorrow.
"We have one missing piece of the puzzle going into the semi final game," Whitmore said. "Kevon Lambert will be out, so we have to look to replace him. That is the only concern going into the semi final. Hopefully Fisher will do a test and we'll see where he is at and move forward."
Meanwhile, goalkeeper and captain Andre Blake, who made a number of crucial saves to keep the Reggae Boyz in front against Canada, said that the team's self belief is growing.
"All the guys are kinda understanding more and more what we are capable of doing and it's just a stepping stone," he said. "It's still a building process for us and I said it before, 'the sky is the limit.'
"We just got to stay grounded. We haven't won anything yet, last time I checked. Stay hungry, stay focused and keep the fight going and hopefully we can win it."
Tomorrow's game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California kicks off at 8pm.