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November 23, 2012
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Runaround on Ricketts JFF, Whitmore fail to explain veteran keeper's sudden omission

Donovan Ricketts - File

There continues to be no clear answer from the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) or national head coach Theodore Whitmore regarding the mysterious omission of veteran goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts from the national squad in recent matches.

Ricketts, who had been Jamaica's first-string goalkeeper until last summer's Gold Cup, is yet to make an appearance since that time, some 18 internationals later, which has included the semi-final round of the World Cup qualifiers.

Unconfirmed rumours had surfaced that Ricketts, who was a part of the historic 1998 World Cup squad as a third-string goalkeeper, had retired. The player, however, has since denied the claims. Head coach of the Reggae Boyz, Theodore Whitmore, now claims that a meeting must be held between himself and the player before he is once again considered to represent the national squad.

"We know what Donovan did, so we have to have a meeting with Donovan before we consider him," Whitmore said about where things stand with the 35-year-old shot stopper. However, when pressed further as to what exactly the keeper had done and as to what the meeting would be about, the coach gave the same response, this time, in a much more irritated tone.

"I need to have a meeting with Donovan," Whitmore snapped, indicating that he would be pressed no further on the subject.

Ricketts last played for Jamaica in a 2-0 loss to the United Stated in the Gold Cup and has since been replaced as the number-one custodian by Dwayne Miller. Miller, however, had a bit of a shaky time in the previous round, leading to more questions regarding the veteran goalkeeper's whereabouts. Ricketts, who had a strong spell at one point for Major League Soccer (MLS) team Los Angeles Galaxy, was traded to the Portland Timbers for veteran goalkeeper Troy Perkins earlier this season.

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