Wed | Mar 20, 2019

Gen Sec Wint hails encouraging draw

Published:Wednesday | January 31, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Dalton Wint

Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) general secretary, Dalton Wint, has described the Reggae Boyz's 2-2 draw with World Cup-bound South Korea in their international friendly at the Mardan Stadium in Turkey yesterday as 'encouraging'.

Dane Kelly fired the Reggae Boyz in front after only five minutes but two quick goals from Kim Shinwook (55th and 63rd minutes) after the half-time break put the Asians into the lead.

However, Maalique Foster continued his 'purple patch' and grabbed his second goal in as many games for the Boyz. He had scored the lone goal in their 1-1 tie in a warm up game against Romanian League One club CS Gaz Metan Medias last Saturday.

Wint told Hitz92 FM that they knew they would have done well based on their preparation.

"It (performance) was encouraging. When you have a team like South Korea who will be involved in the World Cup and you have a team of predominantly youths playing against them and getting a result like this it's encouraging

"They (players) were very upbeat (before the game), and they continued to be upbeat after the game. The training sessions were very intense and we knew they would have done well," he continued.


Interest from scouts


Wint also revealed that a number of scouts showed interest in some of the players and they are hoping something will materialise for the young players.

"We played a practise game against a Romanian team and the conversation started from there.

I saw a few scouts speaking with players ... and I think it is encouraging, it's a testament to the morale in the camp," he said.

Coach Theodore 'Tappa' Whitmore was missing from the bench for sometime because he was not well.

"He came out (on sideline) with about 20 minutes to go in the second half but he was not feeling well," he said.