Reggae Boyz fans expecting too much - Speid

July 22, 2017
Jamaica's players celebrate after teammate Romario Williams scored his team's second goal against Canada. (AP Photo)

 Cavalier Football club technical director, Rudolph Speid, believes local fans are expecting “too much, too early” from the present Reggae Boyz team, which defeated Canada 2-1 to book their place in the semi-finals of the Gold Cup.

Speid said the team is going through a rebuilding phase and its changed policy in terms of its player selection means a lot of the current players are inexperienced.

"I think we are expecting too much a little too early. Once the policy shifted in the types of players we are picking, as we are picking players mainly born in Jamaica now, it is going to take some time for the team to reach back to its former level,” he told STAR Sports.

However, he thinks they have adapted to the conditions well and applied themselves impressively.
“There was always going to be a transition period, which in some case could take a decade or half-a-decade. So the team has done wonderfully to reach the semi-final, no one expected them to reach this far," he said.
Speid said with the improvements they have made they can get a positive result against regional giants, Mexico in the semi-final tomorrow.

"They have played very well to reach the semi-finals of the competition. We just hope the players adapt and continue to show rapid improvement. The good thing is that they are enjoying themselves and coach Whitmore's influence is rubbing off on them. It has been a really a good tournament for the Jamaicans so far. We do not look too good when we play but the results are there and it is good for us to continue on that path for now," he said..


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