Not impressed! - Ricketts: Boyz too slow against Antigua
Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) President Michael Ricketts is less than impressed with the display by the Reggae Boyz against Antigua and Barbuda on Sunday at Sabina Park and he wants to see an improvement in upcoming friendlies.
The JFF boss is concerned that lukewarm displays against low-ranked teams could halt their recent climb up the FIFA rankings.
Ricketts told The Gleaner yesterday that he was disappointed with the result and expects the team to be more convincing in the two upcoming friendlies next month against St Kitts and Nevis on April 26 and a return fixture against Antigua in the Eastern Caribbean on April 29.
"Overall, it was a disappointing result," Ricketts said. "Hopefully, we will be able to improve when we go to St Kitts and in Antigua. I am hoping we will get results that will reverse any negative implication the 1-1 draw (against Antigua) would have had. So we must be very convincing in victory when we go to St Kitts and Antigua," he said.
Against Antigua, Ricketts said the Boyz played too slow and were wasteful in front of goal.
"Even though we moved the ball around well, we missed too many chances, and that eventually hurt us. I thought the transition from defence to attack was much too slow, and that played into the hands of the Antiguans. I am sure the fans would have liked to see us look more convincing," he said.
EYEING HIGH-PROFILE FRIENDLIES
Ricketts revealed that the federation is in contact with some high-profile teams for friendlies.
"We are talking to about three high-profile World Cup teams. Hopefully, we will be playing one of these big-name teams before the World Cup, although I am not able to say if it will be a local game or overseas," he stated.
He stressed, however, that they wanted to enter the League of Nations, a new national team competition in CONCACAF that is designed to maximise the quality and frequency of competitive matches for all member associations in good form.
"We are seeking some international practice games, and, hopefully, when September comes, we will be in good shape," he said.