We will be back - Tatty Brown confident Reggae Boyz will qualify for another World Cup
While many of his teammates from Jamaica's history-making France '98 World Cup team are now into coaching, stalwart defender Durrant 'Tatty' Brown remains an active player, representing Constant Spring FC in Master's League Football.
Brown, 53, who hails from Mt Salem in Montego Bay, St. James, said that while he has his sights set on coaching later on in life, he still enjoys playing.
"I will eventually get into coaching because I would like to help nurture the next future generation of footballers, but for now, I think I can play more before that time comes," said Brown.
Since France '98, the Reggae Boyz have failed to make it back to the finals of football's showpiece event, the World Cup. However, Brown believes that it won't be long before this happens. Having missed out on a chance to play in Russia next year, the Reggae Boyz' next chance will be in Qatar in 2022.
"I believe Jamaica will go back to the World Cup in my lifetime. I believe we can produce players, but we have to have them in a camp where they travel and play games all over the world to get the experience needed to perform at the highest level," said Brown.
"I am overjoyed to see my old teammate [Theodore Whitmore] as the coach of the team. He knows what it is like to get to the highest level, so I believe he is the right man for the job."
A solid defender, Brown is not worried about the current state of Jamaica's football. In fact, he is expecting to see a rebound in the nation's football fortunes. However, he surmises that many of today's young players lack the dedication of his generation.
"I think the dedication is not there as it was in my time, especially here in MoBay," said Brown. "I think the youths in Kingston are more interested. When I go to town, every little youth wants to play football, but I am not seeing that in Montego Bay."