Under head coach Winfried Schafer (pictured), Jamaica has shown improvement since his arrival in July. (Photo courtesy of the Jamaica Football Federation)
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Despite being eliminated from World Cup contention, Jamaica can still play a deciding role in the CONCACAF Hexagonal’s last matchday. The Reggae Boyz host a Honduran side needing only a draw to qualify for Brazil 2014.
Jamaica head coach Winfried Schafer addressed the media on Monday and made a point to praise Honduras’ play.
“In the last several matches Honduras has done very well, they have played a great level. I like them as a team,” said Schafer, who added that his team are relaxed heading into the encounter. “The pressure is on them, we’re at home and we are going for the win, that’s what everyone wants in this beautiful country.”
Since he took the managerial reins in July, there has been a marked improvement in the Jamaicans under Schafer’s leadership. In three matches, the Caribbean side has obtained points from draws with Panama and Costa Rica. On Friday, it shutout the first-place United States for 77 minutes, before conceding a pair of late goals in a 2-0 loss.
“Honduras has a good team, they can count on an experienced roster,” Schafer added. “But Jamaica hasn’t done bad at all, against the United States we played 60 very good minutes but didn’t have any luck.”
At the end, Schafer did not hesitate to offer his predictions for Tuesday’s CONCACAF matches, where the German is betting that Honduras will qualify.
“I like surprises, but I’m glad that Honduras is going to qualify, good for them. They are going to lose to us, Mexico will fall to Costa Rica and Panama will do the same against the United States,” he concluded.
The future remains to be seen, but Jamaica’s – thanks to Schafer guidance – appears to be a bright one.