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Whitmore in wait and see

Published:Wednesday | November 16, 2016 | 11:24 AM
Whitmore

National senior football team coach Theodore 'Tappa' Whitmore says he does not know where his future lies with the team, as he was only selected to oversee the team through their two Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Caribbean Cup qualifiers against Guyana and Suriname.

Whitmore guided the team to a 4-2 extra-time win away to Guyana before wrapping up the group with a 1-0 victory against Suriname at the National Stadium on Sunday.

As a result the team secured their place in the 2017 CFU Caribbean Cup semi-final as well as the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament, but despite his good work with the group of locally bred players, the two-goal 1998 World Cup hero told The Gleaner his future still hangs in the balance.

However, he says he learned a lot from his last time in charge and believes he still has much to give.

"I was appointed to be the coach for these two games. I don't know what the future holds or what the plans are going forward, so I am waiting to see what the federation does after this," he said.

"But I have to thank the JFF for giving me a second chance. We all live and we learn and I still have lot to offer to the country, but for now I will just have to wait and see. I am and will always be available to serve the country," Whitmore stated.

The former midfielder thought the contingent of locally bred players applied themselves well over the two matches and he would love the opportunity to continue building this new team for the future.

"Rosario Harriot and Ewan Grandison, I was very pleased with their performances as two local (based) players and this shows that if you guide local players and give them the chance they can offer a lot to the country. These are a set of players I would love to work with going forward with additional players.

"We played this (Suriname) game without Je-vaughn Watson, Kemar Lawrence and others, so we have (overseas-based) players who can do the job and contribute, but we have to get them and get them hungry again," said Whitmore.

"We are not short of talent in this country but we need to find the players, get these players and start building so we can have successful national teams."