JIS News

Sports Minister, Hon Olivia Grange, has expressed congratulations to the Reggae Boyz following their crucial victory over Mexico in World Cup qualifying football on Saturday.
She praised interim coach Theodore Whitmore for his leadership, which helped the national team dig deep to keep their hopes of qualifying for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, alive.
Minister Grange said: “The national football team on Saturday reminded us that we are a nation of great possibilities. We took on the best team in the region in a do-or-die scenario and we emerged victorious. This is testament to what we can achieve when we apply ourselves to the tasks at hand.”
She added: “The victory was carefully crafted as the Reggae Boyz played good, tight football. While we are not yet out of the waters, we look forward to Wednesday night’s game against Honduras when we will once again need to pull every effort out of the bag to be successful.”
She said coach Whitmore, the stand-in following the departure of Technical Director Rene Simoes, stepped up to the plate and showed the depth of talent that Jamaica possesses at all levels.
She praised Jamaican football fans for their faith in the national players and urged them to continue supporting the team as they enter the final two group games. “We have to be the twelfth man inside the office. And we will have to extend our support beyond the World Cup campaign as we seek to build our football programme and reclaim regional superiority.”
Jamaica need to win their two remaining home games against Honduras and Canada, in order to qualify for the final group of six from which three teams will automatically qualify for South Africa.