Lawrence urges JFF to invest in n'tl programme


July 28, 2017
@Normal:Mexico's Edson Alvarez (left), and Jamaica's Kemar 'Taxi' Lawrence battle for the ball during the first half of their CONCACAF Gold Cup semi final match in Pasadena on Sunday. Lawrence scored a free kick late in the game to give Jamaica a 1-0 win.

National senior men's team defender Kemar 'Taxi' Lawrence is calling on the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) to provide better facilities for training and get more international games.

Jamaica's unbeaten run at the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament ended with a 2-1 loss to hosts the United States of America in the final at the Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, California, on Wednesday evening.

The Jamaicans surprised with a wonderful performance by reaching the Gold Cup final for the second consecutive occasion.

Lawrence, who represents MLS club New York Red Bulls, said that the JFF should do more in order to keep the group together.

"I think we need more games," he said. "The more games we play together, we will have a game plan and get to know each other better, each other's movement. We should not wait another three months to play one game," Lawrence told journalists after the final.

"We should definitely keep the guys together, keep the guys aiming in the right direction, and just continue to work with us. Put some investment, everything won't happen overnight," he said.

"The players are willing to step back and say alright, you (JFF) don't have the money, we will still come in and play because a lot of that have been happening and the players still want to play for their country," the former Harbour View player added.

"This tournament, a lot of people don't know, it was not about the money, it is about playing for our country and doing great things. You can ask the staff or management team, or the JFF, if we had an appearance fee 'til now or match fee 'til now, but you can't see that on the field.

"Each player working for the next player - this is what we need. The JFF or who is in control should see that and pick it up from there and put us in a position so that from now on we can succeed, get us better training facilities, so we can gel as a team," he ended.

- M.S.

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