Whitmore gets Order of Distinction
National senior men's football team head coach, Theodore 'Tappa' Whitmore, who is among those to be bestowed with the Order of Distinction at the National Honours and Awards Ceremony in October, said it is an "extreme privilege" to be in the company of other esteemed Jamaicans and he expects accolades more to come.
Whitmore, who has more than 120 caps and 24 international goals for Jamaica, was the main creative force in midfield when the Reggae Boyz qualified for the World Cup in 1998. He was also the hero in the team's only win at the tournament, when he scored two brilliant goals to lead Jamaica to a 2-1 win over Japan in their third and final group game of the finals.
More recently, the 45-year-old, who has been in charge of the national senior team on four separate occasions, shocked the football world when he guided a squad of locally bred Jamaican players to their second straight Gold Cup final, where they lost 2-1 to host nation the United States.
"It's an extreme privilege to be among the list of persons to be honoured and with ... the Order of Distinction.
"I give all praises to God Almighty. Without Him, it would not have been possible. Therefore, it is my fervent desire to continue to serve my country and community by contributing in all the ways I can to uplift those who I come in contact with. This is another great achievement, and there are a lot more to come," he commented.
Of his two outstanding football achievements, Whitmore says he has no preference. "They are two great achievements and two different scenarios - one when I was playing and the other while coaching, but they are two of my greatest moments," he said.