• Thursday Sep 29, 2016

    Whitmore to guide Jamaica in Caribbean Cup

    Theodore Whitmore (pictured) will handle managerial duties for Jamaica in the third round of the Caribbean Cup next month. (Photo: Leopoldo Smith Murillo/Straffon Images)

    KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Theodore Whitmore has been put in charge of Jamaica ahead of its third-round matches in the 2016/17 Caribbean Cup, the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) announced.

    The Reggae Boyz will face Group 1 rivals Suriname (October 5, home) and Guyana (October 11, away), with group winner earning a berth in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

    Due to matters surrounding head coach Winfried Schafer’s status resulting from an incident with a Jamaican media outlet earlier this month, Whitmore will have a fourth stint as manager.

    Under his previous leadership, Jamaica won the 2010 Caribbean Cup, making him the only individual to win the Caribbean Cup as a player and as a head coach. Whitmore also helped the Jamaicans reach the quarterfinals of the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

    The 44-year-old is best known for scoring two of Jamaica’s three goals at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, netting twice in a 2-1 win over Japan.

    The JFF also unveiled a 20-man roster for the pair of encounters, but it does not include any of the European-based players featured heavily in a qualifying campaign for the 2018 FIFA World Cup that ended with a 2-0 loss at Panama on September 2.

    The squad is highlighted by the inclusion of a U.S.-based trio competing in the 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League: forward Darren Mattocks (Portland Timbers), plus defenders Kemar Lawrence (New York Red Bulls) and Alvas Powell (Portland Timbers).

    ROSTER

    GOALKEEPERS: Andre Blake (Philadelphia Union), Ryan Thompson (St. Louis FC/USA)

    DEFENDER: Shaun Francis (San Jose Earthquakes/USA), Rosario Harriott (Harbour View FC), Kemar Lawrence (New York Red Bulls/USA), Damion Lowe (Minnesota United/USA), Alvas Powell (Portland Timbers/USA), Ladale Ritchie (Montego Bay United), Dicoy Williams (Arnett Gardens FC)

    MIDFIELDERS: Dwayne Ambursely (Montego Bay United), Michael Binns (Wilmington Hammerheads), Ewan Grandison (Portmore United, USA), Omar Holness (Real Salt Lake, USA), Andrew Vanzie (Humble Lion FC), Je-Vaughn Watson (New England Revolution, USA)

    FORWARDS: Cory Burke (Bethlehem Steel/USA), Owayne Gordon (Indy Eleven/USA), Darren Mattocks (Portland Timbers/USA), Allan Ottey (Montego Bay United), Dino Williams (Montego Bay United)

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