JFF President Says “Tappa” Not Sacked For Ricky Hill

The rumours circulating concerning the switching of the coach of Jamaica Men’s National Football team from Theodore “Tappa” Whitmore to former England player Ricky Hill, has been disclaimed by the Jamaica Football Federation.

The rumour was debased by the President of the JFF, Michael Ricketts who said that the claims are only based on speculation, since the public was aware of the meeting last night between the 7 members of the technical committee, to converse about the Reggae Boyz performance in the current World Cup qualifier games.

Where it concerns Ricky Hill, the JFF president said there was no truth to the speculations.

The General Secretary for the Jamaica Football Federation, Dalton Wint also spoke on the matter stating that it was not uncommon for members of the Technical Committee to congregate in meetings to discuss the team’s performance as they go through the various rounds.

One thing for sure though, Ricky Hill will not be an option even if coach Theodore Whitmore gets sacked as the high ranking members of the JFF has ruled that out but in terms of “Tappa” being replaced, there was no word from them stating that it was something they would not do.

Ricky Hill and the JFF had an agreement in March of last year, which saw him getting the role of overseeing the developments of players between the ages of 15-17 which is aimed at saving and building gifted players.

At this point, the Reggae Boyz hold 6th place in the team standings with 7 points behind Costa Rica with 9, Panama and Mexico with 14, The United States with 15 and Canada who leads the group with 16 points.

At the bottom of the table are El Salvador and Honduras with 6 and 3 points respectively. Following the remaining games in the qualifiers, the top 3 teams will qualify automatically to the World Cup Finals, while the team in 4th position will gain an opportunity to qualify for the competition by way of an intercontinental playoff.


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