Posted on June 15, 2012
ST JOHN’S, Antigua — After Antigua & Barbuda managed a scoreless draw against his Jamaica side in World Cup CONCACAF Group A semifinal qualifier on Tuesday night, Reggae Boyz coach Ted Whitmore felt his foes deserved a point for their performance and efforts.
“I think it was a well-deserved point,” Whitmore told the Jamaica Observer. “They were not going to lay down and die. It was going to be a tough game, that was expected from them. I am pleased with the one point, I would have been more satisfied with all three points, but the game could have gone either way.
“I think the Antiguan team is a pretty decent team, they are tough to play against, especially in Antigua and any team coming here to play against Antigua is going to be in serious problems, so we were prepared for this task.”
Antigua coach Tom Curtis was just as impressed as his counterpart’s coach.
“I must pay tribute to all our players on a fantastic performance, a big, physical and mental performance from everybody and we are still in the group,” he was quoted by the Observer. “That’s the main thing, we are still in it.
“I think it would be difficult if Jamaica and the US were six points tonight with positive results, but we are looking forward to be really competitive down the line against Guatemala obviously.”
In the next two phases, the Antiguans will take on Guatemala in a home-and-away series on Sept. 7 and 11, while the Jamaica will meet the United States.
Photo: Tom Curtis: “I must pay tribute to all our players on a fantastic performance, a big, physical and mental performance from everybody.” Andy Mead/YCJ
Categories: Antigua and Barbuda, Caribbean, Guatemala, Jamaica, U.S.A., World Cup Qualifying
Tags: CONCACAF, Theodore Whitmore, Tom Curtis, World Cup qualifying