Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Reggae Boyz coach Theodore Whitmore was a happy and relieved man last night after he saw his team earn the needed result at the National Stadium to advance to next year's final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualification.
Jamaica, facing elimination, needed to win by at least three goals and hope that there was a winner in the simultaneous United States versus Guatemala showdown in the United States. Jamaica defeated Antigua and Barbuda 4-1 while the United States got the better of Guatemala 3-1 and the Reggae Boyz are in the final round of six countries.
"Despite the situation which faced us I always had the confidence and the belief in my group of players and the coaching staff that we could pull it off," Whitmore said following the match.
"We knew it would be difficult and credit to Antigua and Barbuda they gave us a fight. But I knew that playing at home, and given the quality players we have, that getting the required result was possible."
Whitmore also said that going forward, a review of the first round would take place, including an assessment of the talent pool of players and he was optimistic that now that the team has made it to the final round they will qualify for Brazil 2014.
"The plan is to have a review of the first round of the qualification and plan how we can be successful in the second stage," he said.
"This includes looking at the performance of players, and looking at players who can make this team better. But I am happy where we are and confident that we will get it right and qualify for Brazil."