What's next for U-23 coach Donovan Duckie?

By George Davis, Wayne Lewis& Mariah Ramharack August 01, 2019

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    Jamaica Reggae Boyz assistant coach Jerome Waite believes the team was guilty of underrating its opposition in an uninspiring 2-0 win over lesser-ranked Aruba in Nation’s League action at the National Stadium on Saturday.

    In the end, the Jamaicans scraped out a win courtesy of goals from Devon Williams and Shamar Nicholson but much more had been expected with approximately 129 places between the teams in the rankings.  It was the second time the Jamaicans faced the inhabitants of the tiny island, with a population of somewhere in the region of 106,314. 

    Visibly annoyed spectators at the Jamaica National Stadium, galled by the home team’s misplaced passes and sloppy turnovers, clearly expected a result similar to the 6-0 beating administered to the visitors during a 1997 Caribbean Cup fixture.

    “We won 2-0 and it could have been better, but we looked a little lacklustre,” Waite said following the match.

    “One of the things that I believe contributed to that is that the opposition didn’t seem to have much to offer, so we went into a super-slow gear.  It’s not what we are capable of doing and when we play better opposition we have a tendency to rise to the occasion,” he added.

    “Despite that, we have to understand that it’s a job and it’s our duty to continue doing what we need to do, which is to play our best at all times,” he added.

     

     

     

  • Reggae Boyz do just enough to get by Aruba Reggae Boyz do just enough to get by Aruba

    Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz struggled to an unimpressive 2-0 win over Aruba, ranked at number 195 in the world, in the their Group C Concacaf Nations League Group C fixture at the National Stadium in Kingston on Saturday.

    The victory, however, stretched Jamaica’s perfect record to three straight victories and kept them atop of the group with maximum nine points.

    The Reggae Boyz, who are ranked at number 47 in the world, had previously crushed Antigua and Barbuda 6-0 at the Catherine Hall Sports Complex in Montego Bay, before beating Guyana 4-0 away.

    The defeat kept Aruba at the bottom of the four-team standing without a point.

    The Reggae Boyz looked on course for another big victory after Devon Williams handed them a 13th-minute lead. However, that was not the case as the Reggae Boyz, watched by 4,500 spectators at the venue, could only increase the lead on the stroke of full time after Shamar Nicholson was set up by a Lamar Walker’s through pass.

    Nicholson, who had kicked a penalty very high over the crossbar in the 75th minute, spared his blushes in the dying moments of the match to wrap up the victory.

    The penalty kick earlier was awarded following a challenge on substitute Javon East inside the box.

    The teams will meet again in Curacao on Tuesday at 6:00 pm (Jamaica time), in the home-and-away tie.

     

  • Spain skipper Ramos breaks Casillas caps record Spain skipper Ramos breaks Casillas caps record

    Sergio Ramos has become the most-capped player in Spain's history, eclipsing Iker Casillas' record by making his 168th appearance for La Roja.

    Ramos was included in Robert Moreno's XI for a Euro 2020 qualifier away to Norway on Saturday, with qualification in their sights.

    When he equalled Casillas' record last month, Ramos indicated he has a landmark appearance in mind before following former centre-back partner Gerard Pique into international retirement.

    "Records are there to be broken," said the Real Madrid defender, who made his Spain debut in 2005.

    "I hope that this momentum, enthusiasm and ambition always accompanies me and that I reach 200 games, which is the objective. You have to make it difficult."

    Ramos is reportedly keen to play for Spain at the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year in a bid to add to the World Cup and European Championship titles he has won with La Roja.

    Asked about the matter this week, Moreno told reporters: "I haven't talked about the Olympic Games with him. That desire defines him as a footballer.

    "He has one more motivation to add to his career. It is difficult, when you have won everything, to stay motivated."

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