Duckie brands U-23s 'worst physically prepared team I have ever seen'

By Sports Desk July 31, 2019
National U-23 coach Donovan Duckie. National U-23 coach Donovan Duckie.

Jamaica Under-23 coach Donovan Duckie has called the team that was recently eliminated CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifiers as one of the worst physically prepared he has coached.

Despite being heavy favoured to advance to the next round of the competition, the Jamaicans were surprisingly eliminated after draws with St Kitts and Nevis and Dominica.

 In the face of mounting criticism in the wake of the team’s failure to qualify, the coach recently revealed that the unit faced major shortcomings in terms of its physical preparation.

“I’ve been accused of being an antagonist and a person that lacks diplomacy.  So for months, I have been saying on several interviews that everything is ok with the Under-23 program,” a leaked voice note identified as Duckie claimed.

In my last interview, I said I took full responsibility for the failure of the team to progress but to tell you the truth this isn’t so, the responsibility has to be shared,” he added.

“When I took the job there were certain conditionalities, one was that the JFF provide a physical trainer. For over eight months a physical trainer has only come to a training session for three days. I can say that this is the worst physically team I have ever seen in my entire life…we cannot play competitively for over 60 minutes in any game and these are the results.”

The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) has confirmed its knowledge of the recordings and have promised to launch an investigation into the matter before an appropriate response of made.

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    A2: Costa Rica
    A3: Panama 
    A4: Haiti

    Group B
    B1: Canada
    B2: Mexico
    B3: Jamaica
    B4: St Kitts and Nevis

    The 2020 Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying tournament will kick off with an initial group stage between January 28 and February 4. Group A matches will take place at the BBVA Stadium, in Houston, TX on January 28, 31, and February 3. Group B matches are set for January 29, and February 1 and 4, at the HEB Park, in Edinburg, TX. 

    After group stage round-robin play the top two finishers from each group will move on to the semifinals. The two semifinal matches, which will determine the two qualified teams to the Olympics, will be played on Friday, February 7, at the Dignity Health Sports Park, in Los Angeles, CA. The final match, between the semifinal winners, will also be played in Los Angeles, on Sunday, February 9. 

    More information on tickets will be available in ussoccer.com in due course.

    In the previous edition of the Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament, hosted in Houston and Frisco, in 2016, the United States topped Canada 2-0 in the final, earning its 4th straight title.

    The 2020 Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying tournament will kick off what is set to be a year of Women’s Football at Concacaf.  In total, more than 1,400 girls and women from the entire region will have access to top level football tournaments, including the Girls’ Under-15 Championship and the Women’s Under-17 and Under-20 Championships.

    2020 Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament

    Dates: January 28 - February 9, 2020

    Venues: BBVA Stadium, Houston, TX (Group A matches), HEB Park, Edinburg, TX (Group B matches) and Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, CA (Semifinals and final)

    Participating Teams (listed in alphabetical order): Canada, Costa Rica, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Saint Kitts and Nevis and United States.

    Competition Format: The eight participating teams have been sorted into two groups of four teams. After round-robin play, the first and second place finishers of each group will advance to the semifinals. The semifinal winners will automatically qualify for the tournament’s final, as well as the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Tokyo 2020.

    Schedule
    *Kick off times to be confirmed and order of the matches subject to change

    Tuesday, January 28, 2020 – BBVA Stadium, Houston, TX
    Costa Rica vs Panama 
    USA vs Haiti

    Wednesday, January 29, 2020 – HEB Park, Edinburg, TX
    Mexico vs Jamaica
    Canada vs Saint Kitts and Nevis

    Friday, January 31, 2020 – BBVA Stadium, Houston, TX
    Haiti vs Costa Rica
    Panama vs USA

    Saturday, February 1, 2020 – HEB Park, Edinburg, TX
    Saint Kitts and Nevis vs Mexico
    Jamaica vs Canada

    Monday, February 3, 2020 – BBVA Stadium, Houston, TX
    Panama vs Haiti
    USA vs Costa Rica

    Tuesday, February 4, 2020 – HEB Park, Edinburg, TX
    Jamaica vs Saint Kitts and Nevis
    Canada vs Mexico

    Friday, February 7, 2020 – Dignity Health Sports Park, Los Angeles, CA
    SF1: 1B vs 2A
    SF2: 1A vs 2B

    Sunday, February 9, 2020 – Dignity Health Sports Park, Los Angeles, CA
    F: Winner SF1 vs Winner SF2

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