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January 18, 2013
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TD not a priority for JFF
Robert Bailey, Star Writer


Horace Burrell - File

Two weeks after the sacking of technical director Walter Gama, president of the Jamaica Football Federation Horace Burrell, says the hiring of a new one is not on the immediate agenda of his administration.

Burrell told Star Sports in an interview yesterday that his association will instead focus all their resources on getting a good result in their opening FIFA CONCACAF World Cup qualifier against hosts Mexico on February six.

"That is not a priority right now," said Burrell. "However, let me make it quite clear, Jamaica is a poor country and one of the reasons we must have a technical director is that FIFA, who funds several of our programmes, requires each national association to have a technical director," he said.

qualifiers

"There is no question about us having one, but at this time, our concentration is on the preparations for our opening World Cup (final round) qualifier, which is just ahead of us," Burrell said.

Gama along with goalkeeping coach, Armando Bracali was fired by the JFF following the Reggae Boyz poor showing at the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Football Championship in December.

Defending champions and favourites Jamaica crashed out of the Caribbean Championships at the preliminary stage, which led to the axing of both men.

wait a little

"The business of the replacement of the technical director will have to wait a little while longer, but it is not something that we are throwing through the window," said the JFF boss.

"Our concentration right now is getting a good result against Mexico in our opening game on the sixth of February," Burrell said.

Burrell also revealed that the Mexican Government has agreed to provide accommodation for the Under-20 team training camp in Mexico for two weeks prior to the begining of the CONCACAF Under-20 World Cup Qualifiers on February 18.

The JFF also received a major boost ahead of the Reggae Boyz opening CONCACAF FIFA World Cup qualifiers match against Mexico next month, after receiving a $12-million three-year renewal sponsorship deal from Courts Jamaica.

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