‘Tappa’, Burrell happy despite Boyz drawing Mexico in Gold Cup

SANTA CLARA, United States — Head Coach Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore is pleased with the draw his Reggae Boyz received in the CONCACAF Gold Cup to be staged across the USA July 7-26, but he remains cautious.

Jamaica, who were runners-up in the last edition in 2015, will face Mexico, Curacao and El Salvador in Group C of the biennial tournament.

The Boyz will renew their rivalry with reigning champions and nemesis Mexico at the Sports Authority Field in Denver on July 13 , in a replay of the final where the latter won 3-1.

“It is a very interesting draw and I am happy with it. As I have said, it does not matter if we have to play someone and at this stage they are three crucial games and what we want to do as much as possible is get our foot up and running, especially in the first game against Curacao as we don’t want to take anybody lightly,” Whitemore said shortly after the draw event at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California on Tuesday.

Jamaica Football Federation President Captain Horace Burrell, who attended the draw, is also happy with the outcome.

“There will be no easy games, but I like this draw… and I think it’s going to be a highly competitive competition, but I think it’s within us to do something special. People will say we don’t (usually) get a good draw, but I don’t think they can say that on this occasion,” he said.

The Boyz will open their campaign against the Dutch side on July 9 at the Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, and after facing Mexico, will close out the preliminaries against El Salvador on July 16 at the Alamodome in San Antonio. Read more