Whitmore wants more Boyz from the West
Theodore Whitmore, head coach of the Reggae Boyz and a native of St James, says it means a lot to him to see western Jamaica so involved in the national team.
Whitmore is excited to have five players from the west in his 20-man squad for Saturday's CONCACAF Nations League game against Suriname to be played at the Montego Bay Sports Complex. The players are Ladale Richie, Fabian McCarty, Ricardo Morris, Owayne Gordon and Peter-Lee Vassell.
"It means a lot to me. I can recall, the 1998 campaign where there were a lot of western Jamaica players in the national team. Now we have five players who are doing exceptionally well ..." said Whitmore.
"I would want to see more but I won't put the nation's business at risk because I am from western Jamaica, but once you deserve your place then you will be part of it," he added.
"This (hosting Suriname) is also a wonderful opportunity for western Jamaica to see the Reggae Boyz and be part of the development of the team and what we are trying to build for the medium and long-term," the former Reggae Boy said.
Whitmore also wants to see more young talent getting a chance at the national level.
"The thing about Jamaica's football is that when it comes to the talent we are not short of it. It is what we do with that talent is the most important thing. We need to get these talents as early as possible and nurture them into international players," he said.