TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras,CMC- Theodore Whitmore , who says he will resign as Jamaica’s head coach after their two-nil defeat to Honduras Tuesday, has complained that inadequate preparation time and the loss of key players condemned his team to the cellar position in the final round of Qualification for next year’s World Cup in Brazil. Jamaica’s defeat to Honduras, their fourth successive World Cup Qualifying loss and third in eight days, has put the Reggae Boyz on the brink of elimination from the six-nation race to qualify. Jamaica is rooted at the bottom of the standings after failing to win a match in six outings in CONCACAF final round World Cup Qualifying (WCQ).
“What we have we just have to work with it. It is not like we have a team where we can work around the clock; we always get a team a couple of days to work,” Whitmore explained
“We lost some key players, some influential players and this has brought us to the position we are in now, but it is football and a situation we can’t do anything about”.
Honduras took a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute when Oscar Boniek Garcia connected on a left-sided cross from Roger Espinoza to beat Jamaican goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts.
Whitmore says Jamaica’s game began falling apart after they conceded.
“We failed to keep possession of the ball and we lacked patience in our game, especially when we conceded that goal we wanted to rush forward, but was giving away the football,” said Whitmore, the first national coach to lead Jamaica to victory over the United States and to inspire Reggae Boyz to score a point away at the much vaunted Azteca in Mexico City.
well, so I think that basically summed up the performance.”
Honduras sealed victory with their second goal late in the second half soon after Jamaica suffered another setback when Adrian Mariappa was ejected for showing studs in a tackle.