Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Reggae Boyz head coach Winfried 'Winnie' Schäfer, said he will be employing a 3-5-2 formation when they oppose Panama in their crucial CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying football match in Panama City tomorrow.
"We have changed our system; we have come back to a 3-5-2 (formation) what the players played before in Jamaica because everyone plays this system before in their club in England," said the German-born Schäfer, following last night's final training session at the National Stadium East field.
"I have watched our match here when we played against them and so I think our team is prepared and everybody knows what we have to do in Panama," he said.
"We have talked to the players about what they have to do. The left defender from Panama, the number four and 19 are very good on the left side and we've to stop these players," Schäfer said.
Continuing he said: "I watched two matches with them in the United States against Mexico and Costa Rico and I have watched matches on YouTube."Meanwhile, Wolry Wolfe and Adrian Reid were omitted from the Reggae Boyz 25-man squad, which will travel to Panama today, while goalkeeper Richard McCallum has replaced Dwayne Miller, who got injured in training yesterday.
Schäfer said he was very pleased with the Reggae Boyz's showing in the two days of training.
"I am happy because everybody was focused in training," said Schäfer. "We are looking forward to the game in Panama City and everybody is aware of what they need to do."
SQUAD: Adrian Marriappa, Alvas Powell, Chris Humphrey, Daniel Gordon, Darren Mattocks, Donovan Ricketts, Richard McCallum, Garath McLeary, Gariece McPherson, Jermaine Anderson, Jermaine Beckford, Jermaine Johnson, Jobi McAnuff, Kemar Lawrence, Lloyd Doyley, Luton Shelton, Marlon King, Marvin Elliott, O'Brian Woodbine, Rodolph Austin, Ryan Johnson, Shaun Cummings, Theo Robinson and Wes Morgan.