Boyz can do it! - Local coaches say Ja should go hard

July 26, 2017
Dean Weatherly

LOCAL coaches Dr Dean Weatherly and Ludlow Bernard are convinced the Reggae Boyz have an outstanding chance of creating another major upset when they face hosts United States 8:30 tonight (Jamaica time) in the Gold Cup final.

Jamaica stunned the football world on Sunday when Kemar Lawrence's superb 88th minute free-kick fell might Mexico 1-0 in semi-final action, sending the Reggae Boyz into their second successive final against Bruce Arena-coached USA.

"I thought we did very well (against Mexico). It was a very good performance, all we have to do now is go to the drawing board and probably show a different face to the US," Weatherly reasoned, "but going up against Bruce Arena, who is a very tactical person, will not be easy. He does his scouting very well. He is a very hard man to beat, but nothing is impossible," said the former Montego Bay United championship- winning coach.

"We just have to match up and come with our A game again, or, this time, our A+ game, and we should do well, but it is there for us to win, so let's go for it," Weatherly added.


Feels positive


Former Habour View head coach, Ludlow Bernard, said he also feels positive about the chances of the team, which consists mainly home-grown players, to beat the hosts and claim Jamaica's first Gold Cup title.

"Things have been taking shape from as far back as the Caribbean Cup. There has been a steady rise to their growth and I can see where they are moving in the direction, so I am very optimistic about it and I assure the players are very focused. They made the final last time so I am sure they must pride themselves on going one step further," he said..

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