Don't lose focus, 'Tappa' warns players

July 25, 2017
Jamaica's Romario Williams (22) celebrates with teammates Shaun Francis (7) and Owayne Gordon (18) after Williams scored his team's second goal against Canada during a CONCACAF Gold Cup quarter-final match in Glendale, Arizona. Jamaica won 2-1.

PASADENA, United States, CMC):

Reggae Boyz head coach, Theodore Whitmore, has warned his band of Reggae Boyz not to lose focus on winning tomorrow's final against United States to atone for their disappointment of losing the 2015 edition.

The final in Santa Clara, California, will be a rematch of the 2015 Gold Cup semi-final when Jamaica came away with a 2-1 win in Atlanta and Whitmore said it was critical the squad went all the way.

"They are enjoying it at the moment, but I keep saying no one must lose focus," Whitmore said.

"In 2015, we lost the Gold Cup to Mexico. We don't want history to repeat itself by being at two finals and being runner-up. We are aware of the situation, the position, and we are aiming for the goal."

Jamaica are the only English-speaking Caribbean team to reach a Gold Cup final but have never yet won a title.

In fact, the tournament has been dominated over the years by giants Mexico who have won seven titles and United States, who have clinched five.

Whitmore said Jamaica, ranked 76th in the FIFA rankings, were keen on breaking this stranglehold.

"That's a cycle we want to break. That's something we sit and discuss," he explained.

"It's always Mexico, US. We want to be in that group. We want to be a team, a country that someone can talk about, and that's what we're working toward," he said.

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