It is becoming increasingly likely that national senior men's team football head coach, Winfried Schäfer, will lead the country's road to Russia 2018 World Cup campaign.
With Schäfer's initial four-month contract set to expire on November 20, president of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), Captain Horace Burrell, says things are looking very good for the German-born coach to remain in his post.
"We have had discussions with sponsors of the programme and others, and things are certainly looking good at this point," Burrell told The Gleaner yesterday morning. "He (Schäfer) is willing to stay on as coach and develop our football," the president added.
"He understands the culture, having coached for several years in Cameroon. We (Jamaicans) are not easy to deal with. He understands the people and that is very important in developing our football. He is willing to do all he can to improve local talents," Burrell pointed out.
Schäfer will start the campaign towards the 2018 World Cup in Russia with two friendly international games against Trinidad and Tobago on November 15 at the Montego Bay Sports Complex and four days later in Trinidad and Tobago.
Although those are FIFA dates, the JFF technical staff will be looking at a mostly local-based squad in order to build a core group.
Meanwhile, in a release issued by the JFF to the media, coach Schäfer spoke about the importance of developing the Jamaican trademark.
"Jamaica is a small country. We will never have a player pool as large as Brazil or the USA, but that will not pose a challenge if we focus on a highly diversified and intelligent development for youth work and a professional club structure. If we support our talents in a modern, professional way, if we build up a base of expertise and long-term planning, we will be able to establish an impressive trademark in global football," the release stated.
- Marc Stamp