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Captain Burrell says no to local coaches

Published:Thursday | July 18, 2013 | 8:28 AM

Jamaica Football Federation president, Captain Horace Burrell, says he had no choice but to employ an overseas coach as local coaches lack the experience to lead the country’s football programme.



Burrell made the comment after appointing German national Winfried Schafe as Head Coach of Jamaica’s senior football team.



The 63-year-old Schafer resigned as head coach of Thai Premier League club Muangthong United to travel to Jamaica.



He replaces Theordore Whitmore who was asked to step down after the Reggae Boyz' disappointing 2-0 defeat to Honduras in a crucial CONCACAF World Cup Qualifier in June.



That was the team’s fourth defeat in a row and as a result Jamaica remained rooted at the bottom of the six-nation points standing on two points.



The Reggae Boyz are now facing elimination with four matches to go.



Schafer's contract runs until the end of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers in November.



His contract will be reviewed after the completion of the qualifiers.



Schafer has the distinction of leading Cameroon to the 2002 African Cup of Nations in Mali.



The new Reggae Boyz head coach Winfried Schafer of Germany says he can help the team qualify for the FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil.



However, he says there will have to be changes.



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