THE EDITOR, Sir:
Jamaica's performance at the CONCACAF Under-20 World Cup qualifying competition has fans in a state of bewilderment.
At the end of four rounds of matches, Jamaica could only muster a single point. This is, indeed, a difficult pill to swallow. The manner in which we were outplayed, too, despite our home advantage, only served to rub salt into our wounds.
Jamaica's Under-20 football urgently needs a head coach. We cannot afford to turn a deaf ear any longer. We cannot relive the 2014 road to Brazil World Cup catastrophe in which Jamaica lost match after match, yet, for whatever reason, showed blind faith in the then coach. Ironically that coach, Theodore Whitmore, is the current head coach of this Under-20 football team. Should we then be surprised with the results?
Jamaica's youths are blessed with an abundance of talent. We also boast a group of high-calibre coaches who so efficiently prepare these youths year after year. Yet a coach with little or no experience heads our Under-20 programme.
Why not let coaches like Neville Bell and Jackie Walters manage the youth teams? They have repeatedly demonstrated their worth in our schoolboy football competition.
We need coaches who can relate intelligently to the youngsters and help them make the successful transition from schoolboy football. Interestingly, it was at this stage of their development that Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero announced their arrival to the world.