Waite focuses on team rotation
Arnett Gardens coach Jerome Waite said the aim is to keep his players fresh in a rotation system in order to repeat their feat of winning the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) and Caribbean Football Union (CFU) title.
The RSPL champions are atop in this season's national championship on 46 points, one ahead of Montego Bay United (45).
Waite intends to stay on top to first win the trophy and incentive for the team that ends the preliminary stage with the most points.
Waite, who guided Arnett to three of the club's national titles, is also looking at the bigger picture: to win the CFU championship and move to the CONCACAF stage. The CFU championship is set to kick off next month.
"We want to win the national title again. It is the first time for this season that we are leading on points. We are in the lead, so I'm pretty much pleased at this point," Waite told The Gleaner.
With Arnett having scored 36 goals in 24 RSPL games this season, Waite said that the team should have scored more. However, he is pleased with the defensive system as the team has conceded 20 goals.
MORE GOALS WANTED
"We should have scored more goals but, defensively, we are doing well as a team," said the coach, who guided Arnett to back-to-back titles from 2000 to 2002.
"Looking back at last year, despite winning the title, I was concerned about the fact that we let in too many goals, so it is a massive improvement in that area," he added.
"We will continue to take the games step by step. My aim is to keep the team healthy and injury-free. The rotation of players is necessary. It is all about man-management. It is my duty, and I'm always thinking about the long term," Waite reasoned.
"We are also preparing for the CFU tournament in the Dominican Republic early next month. We will leave for that tournament by month end," he said.
Arnett Gardens and last season's runners-up, Montego Bay United, will participate in the CFU championship. Arnett will play in Group Four alongside AtlÈtico Pantoja of The Dominican Republic, America des Cayes of Haiti, and Notch of Suriname in Santo Domingo.