LOS ANGELES, California – There is no question that the presence of so many different Caribbean nations in the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup has given the tournament an extra spark.
Thanks to Concacaf’s Nations League Qualifying initiative, teams from all around the Caribbean now have the opportunity to compete regularly and nations such as Bermuda and Guyana were able to leverage their play in Concacaf Nations League Qualifying into qualifying for the 2019 Gold Cup.
As a former player and now current coach of a Caribbean nation, Jamaica Head Coach Theodore Whitmore is pleased to see Caribbean football come to the forefront.
“That’s what we want in Concacaf,” said Whitmore in an exclusive interview with Concacaf.com following Wednesday’s Gold Cup Draw in Los Angeles, California.
“Any time we play against an opponent in the Concacaf region, it’s going to be a tough game. It’s a plus for us to see the growth, so when we play against each other, we know it’s going to be a battle,” added the 47 years old Whitmore.
For Jamaica, the Gold Cup is familiar territory. The Reggae Boyz reached the Final of the 2015 ad 2017 editions and are hoping to make a return trip in 2019.
“Nothing is impossible. We just have to work hard and make sure we get in a decent preparation and then in the tournament we’ll see what we can do,” said Whitmore.
But before it can think about the Final, Jamaica must first content with Honduras, El Salvador and Curacao in Group C. Ironically, Whitmore’s side faced the latter two in the 2017 group stage and believes that familiarity could help his team, especially if they can earn a win in the first match versus Honduras.
“We are looking forward to it. The only difference in our group is Honduras. We know the El Salvador team, we know the Curacao team, we have the Honduras team to play at home and we are looking forward to that game. A positive result in that game should set us on our way into the El Salvador and Curacao games,” concluded Whitmore