Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
Captain Horace Burrell, president of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), sought to clear the air on the absence of highly regarded striker Darren Mattocks from Jamaica's national men's senior team in last week's CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying stalemate against the region's kingpins, Mexico, at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City.
The local football public has asked questions about the exclusion of Mattocks from the team that battled to a historic 0-0 scoreline against Mexico in Mexico City, earning its first point ever in an away WCQ at the high altitude venue.
"It is not about any disciplinary action taken against Mattocks, it is about his poor attitude," Burrell told The Gleaner in an interview yesterday.
"His (Mattocks) attitude is poor. No player will be in the team if they don't display the right attitude," Burrell further disclosed.
However, the JFF president is not ruling out Mattocks for Jamaica's next WCQ game against Panama on Friday, March 22 at the National Stadium.
"He might be called up for the next game. However, he needs to understand that playing for the team, one has to show a strong desire and commitment towards the mission," said Burrell, the visionary behind Jamaica's historic World Cup appearance in France in 1998.
Burrell also said: "To represent the country you have to show the right attitude, if one wants to be a part of the Reggae Boyz. He (Mattocks) has to take it seriously on and off the field. He is a good player, but need to show the right attitude."