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Kick Tappa to the kerb

Published:Saturday | January 24, 2015 | 12:00 AM


I was very keen on supporting Jamaica's Under-20 football team in its bid to qualify for the World Cup of their peers. This caused me to set aside Friday, January 9 to attend Jamaica's first match in the process of qualification. After watching the first 10 minutes of the game, I was left with conflicting emotions of anger, disappointment and confusion.

The performance displayed by our team demonstrated a lack of organisation, a lack of desire and passion, and only glimpses of technical competence. We were competing against our great Caribbean rivals, Trinidad and Tobago.

The team was helped by a wasteful Trinidad and Tobago that should have put the game beyond the reach of the hapless Jamaicans. I still wonder if the mercy rule had set in with the T&T team simply thinking they were taking candy from a baby.

The poor quality of that and other performances should be placed squarely at the feet of the management and technical staff entrusted with the responsibility for their preparation. I fully recognise that a quality team is far more than the sum of 11 good players.

The management and technical staff, although given high-quality elements, ultimately failed.

I am therefore calling on the Jamaica Football Federation to immediately fire the coaching staff. This is too important a team in the development programme of our national football for us to utilise anything but the best of resources available to provide guidance.