Reggae Boyz’ display against USA gives reason for hope

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Even after the most cruel of setbacks life goes on, and it is natural human instinct to make the very best of it.

We are reminded of that truism having watched the Reggae Boyz’ performance in a 0-1 loss to the United States a week ago on a cold night in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Readers will recall the sour taste after Jamaica’s national team was dumped last year at the semi-final stage of CONCACAF qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Much has changed since then.

Mr Theodore Whitmore, who replaced Mr Winfried Schaefer of Germany as head coach, has turned to local-based players and several of those born and raised in Jamaica who now campaign professionally in North America. Most of the current players are inexperienced at the international level — some quite young.

Readers will recall the heavy reliance on hardened professionals born and groomed in Britain by Mr Schaefer and others before him.

Mr Whitmore’s current charges were good enough to ensure Jamaica’s qualification for the final round of the Scotiabank CFU Men’s Caribbean Cup as well as the CONCACAF Gold Cup later this year. Read more