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Whitmore happy with Gold Cup draw

Published:Tuesday | March 7, 2017 | 5:42 PMShayne Fairman
Whitmore

Shayne Fairman, Gleaner Writer


Theodore Whitmore remains optimistic about the Reggae Boyz chances to advance from the CONCACAF Gold Cup first round, noting his charges will give their all in Group C of the upcoming tournament.

The tournament’s 14th renewal will see last year’s beaten finalists, Jamaica, open their campaign July 9 against minnows Curacao at the Qualcomm stadium, in San Diego, California.

In what is expected to be two testy encounters, the Jamaicans will lock horns with reigning champions Mexico on July 13 at the Sports Authority Field in Denver, Colorado (USA), before wrapping up the group stage against El Salvador at the Alamodome, in San Antonio, Texas on July 16.

“With the draw, yes definitely (happy). As I said before, it doesn’t really matter, we have to play someone, the teams must be doing something to be here,” Whitmore told members of the media, following Tuesday's draw at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara. “We don’t want to take anybody lightly because they must have been doing something to be here in the tournament.”

Whitmore underlined that the plan is to get his players up and running for the crucial games.

Meanwhile, president of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Captain Horace Burrell tipped his coach to get the job done, in what he described as a "fairly good draw.”

“It’s in coach Whitmore’s hands, I think he has embarked on a new role, on a new initiative, it’s been paying dividends and we will continue to support him; full stop,” said Burrell.