Head coach of Jamaica’s U23 team Donovan Duckie has tendered his resignation at the request of the Jamaica Football Federation President Michael Ricketts.

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.

Jamaica national head coach Theodore Whitmore has strongly refuted suggestions of interference with the running of the U-23 team.

Criticism has continued to pour in from all angles following a poor campaign by the youth national team, which saw them eliminated in the first round of the Olympic Qualification phase.

 With only the winner of the three-team Group A eligible to advance to the next round, Jamaica needed to beat St Kitts and Nevis but were held to a 1-1 result at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex and finished second with two points. St Kitts topped the group with four points, while Dominica finished at the bottom on a point.

Suggestions from some quarters, namely Craig Butler the agent of Leon Bailey and Kyle Butler, who had been brought into the U-23 team suggested that the actions of Duckie and his squad selection was influenced by Whitmore a claim the national coach strongly rejected.

“Honestly, I don’t think that’s a fair comment to myself and Donovan Duckie. You can’t have a team preparing for so long and then one man just comes in and start making decisions,” Whitmore said on Jamaican radio show Sports Grill.

 “It couldn’t happen with me so I wouldn’t do it to a next man.”

The Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) on Tuesday presented the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) with a cheque for JMD$3.5million that will cover the salaries of the coaches of the men’s national Under-23 football team - Donovan Duckie and Merron Gordon.

Jamaica U23 coach Donovan Duckie says the matches his players have in St. Vincent later this week will give him and his coaching staff an opportunity to look at some of the players in his 50-member squad as they continue to prepare for the Olympic qualifiers in 2019.

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