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Coley: We have a good thing going

Published:Tuesday | July 28, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivingston Scott
Miguel Coley, assistant Reggae Boyz coach.
AP Mexico's Jesus Corona (9) tries to keep Jamaica's Wes Morgan (4) at bay during the first half of the CONCACAF Gold Cup final on Sunday in Philadelphia. Mexico won 3-1.

Jamaica's assistant coach, Miguel Coley, said the Reggae Boyz fell just short of their main objectives in a two-year plan when they were beaten by Mexico in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final on Sunday.

Coley revealed that when the German coach took over in 2013, the aim was to build a core of players, win the Caribbean Cup and then the Gold Cup, and so far, the team has accomplished two of the three objectives, just falling short of the other. The assistant coach, however, insisted that they must continue to build on what they have accomplished at the Gold Cup tournament.

"We had our objectives and we have achieved at least two. The first was to develop a core (of players), win the Caribbean Cup and then the Gold Cup this year," he said.

"The main objective now is the World Cup qualifiers, so each time we are just building, building, building and developing the team," he told The Gleaner yesterday hours after the team's return to the island..

Coley said the team cannot get complacent over their historic achievement, and though he was disappointed with the defeat to Mexico in the decider, he believes in the long term this loss will make them crave for the success they were denied.


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"It's a great performance, and it's something that we cannot get complacent about; it is something we have to build on. We can't even think about the word 'complacent', we can only think about working hard, and this means you have to work harder and work smarter.

"Making this Gold Cup final and losing shows it is a learning process. We haven't reached as yet, so we need to work.

Losing the final and getting a taste of it means we want to be back, so we will be putting the necessary things in place," he argued.

The young tactician thought there were countless other positives at the tournament and that they should focus on developing those characteristics.

"The comradrie, the unity and love was a joy to see. We also created an identity of how we wanted to play - keeping quality possession, creating goalscoring opportunities and defending very compact.

"The energy level was great and so was each player trusting each other. Those are important ingredients when building a team. We will be looking at the tape from the game to see what we could have done better, what we could have done in terms of positives and encourage that some more.

"We want to keep the ball some more in the middle third and occupy some more of the defensive third of our opponents," he said.

However, to continue the impressive strides the team has made under Sch‰fer going into the World Cup qualifiers, which start in August, Coley called for more support and sponsorship to assist the team.

"We would love more sponsors to come on board because in football, success is money and management; how you manage the players and how you take care of them is crucial. We have a good thing going, and once we can get the necessary assistance, we will do very well," he in