Whitmore to stay in charge of Jamaica for February matches
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Whitmore is pleased to remain in the post and prepare Jamaica to continue the defense of its Caribbean title.

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The same day it was announced that Jamaica will face the host United States in an international friendly on February 3, 2017, the Jamaica Football Federation confirmed Tuesday that Theodore Whitmore will continue in his capacity as head coach.

Jamaica will also visit Honduras for another friendly on February 16.

In September 2016, Whitmore was put in charge of the Reggae Boyz ahead of their 2016/17 Scotiabank CFU Men’s Caribbean Cup third-round matches against Suriname and Guyana. Jamaica won both games to reach the competition’s semifinals and secure a ticket to the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

He was initially handed the reins due to matters surrounding manager Winfried Schafer’s status.

Whitmore is pleased to remain in the post and prepare Jamaica to continue the defense of its Caribbean title.

“The semifinals of the Caribbean Cup and the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup are our major tournaments this calendar year so these friendlies versus USA and Honduras are crucial for us as they are stern tests to help us prepare for these tournaments,” the 44-year-old said. “USA is one of the strongest teams in the region, so we will have a great opportunity to test our squad.”

In 23 previous meetings between them, the U.S. holds a 13-2 advantage in win over the Jamaicans. They last squared off in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals, with the Caribbean power earning a 2-1 victory.