Reggae Boyz coach Paul Hall wants the best players for remaining World Cup qualifiers

By December 13, 2021

Interim Head Coach of the “Reggae Boyz,” Paul Hall, says his selection policy in the short term will be to pick the best players available as he aims to get Jamaica into the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Jamaica is currently sixth in the eight-team standings with seven points from eight games, and which sees them trailing Panama, Mexico, the USA and Canada, teams that are currently in the positions to qualify for the world cup. Fourth-placed Panama and third-placed Mexico have 14 points, seven clear of Jamaica with six games remaining in the final round of qualifying.

The top three teams qualify for the World Cup while the fourth-placed team advances to the inter-confederation play-offs.

With that in mind, Hall says his priority will be to pick a group of players that will give them the best chance to win all their remaining matches.

“In the short term, we want to pick a squad of players that’s going to win us a game of football and that’s the policy. We’ve got to pick the best players who are going to win us games of football,” Hall said while speaking during his first media session since he was announced as the replacement for Theodore Whitmore, who was fired late last week.

Hall said the members of the might change from a personnel standpoint, but all players must exhibit similar characteristics.

“Now they might change from Mexico to Costa Rica to Panama. However, the squad must be committed. That’s one thing that I expect from each and every player. I would also expect that squad to have the resilience and the materials to be able to beat a Mexico, a Panama, a Costa Rica and a Canada,” said Hall.

Hall also outlined a long-term policy that emphasizes providing opportunities for local-based players.

“In the medium and long-term, we would look to try and get locally based players to get experience around the professionals that have come from England and America, get them to experience being around the older players,” he said.

Jamaica's World Cup qualifying campaign resumes on January against Mexico at the National Stadium in Kingston.

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