Sunday, February 18, 2018

Jamaica fire 2 after Caribbean Cup flop


Two members of Jamaica's coaching staff have been fired as a result of that country's poor performance in last month's Caribbean Football Union (CFU) cup in Antigua, Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) President, Captain Horace Burrell announced on Thursday.

Technical Director Walter Gama and goalkeeping coach, Armando Bracali, two Brazilians, have been dismissed with immediate effect, Captain Burrell told a news conference at the federation's head office in Kingston.

The defending champions crashed out of the Caribbean Championships at the preliminary stage prompting Burrell to order an in-depth probe into the team's performance.

"(Jamaica) Having performed miserably during this tournament and deciding that it could not be business as usual, the decision has been taken to terminate the employment of the technical director, Professor Walter Gama, with immediate effect" announced Burrell.

"In addition, it was also felt coming out of this report that the goalkeeper coach, Armando Bracali, has not shown enough teeth, so to speak ..."

National Under-20 coach, Luciano Gama, and senior assistant coach, Alfredo Montesso, remain in their jobs.

Burrell had previously announced that senior head coach Theodore Whitmore's job is safe, but told journalists Thursday that members of the coaching staff who do not perform will be "fired".

The decision to relieve Gamma and Bracali from their responsibilities with the national team was part of the recommendations from the Technical and Development Committee's report into the Reggae Boyz poor showing in Antigua.

Jamaica was the only team to have ended last month's CFU finals winless, after losing their opening match to French Guiana, drawing with Martinique and crashing out against Cuba.