Duckie back with Boyz

January 17, 2018

After being out of the national football programme for 10 years, Waterhouse coach Donovan Duckie has been given an assistant role with the Reggae Boyz for their international friendly against South Korea in Turkey on January 30.

Duckie will take the place of Jerome Waite, who has an international club commitment with Arnett Gardens, who will be involved in the first round of the Caribbean Football Union club championships in Trinidad, from January 30 to February 4.

JFF president, Michael Ricketts, said the former national Under-20 coach's record in the Premier League was nothing short of impressive, especially his revival of struggling Waterhouse this season, was the reason why Duckie was chosen as the man to accompany head coach Theodore Whitmore to Turkey.

"Duckie has been doing well and he is a member of the shortlist of coaches that we are working with. We want to rotate those coaches and give all of them some type of exposure. Since Duckie has been doing so well, we just decided that we are going to give him some exposure," Ricketts said.

The list of coach Ricketts speaks of was put together by director of football, Wendell Downswell. Duckie's appointment was done in consultation with national coach Whitmore.

Duckie last coached Jamaica in 2009 when he took the Under-20 team to the brink of World Cup qualification. He has also worked under overseas coaches such as Bora Milutinovic, Alfredo Monteso and Walter Gama with the national senior team.

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