JFF to unveil Dr Heimir Hallgrimsson as new Reggae Boyz head coach on Friday 

Dr Heimir Hallgrimsson from Iceland is anticipated to be unveiled as the brand new head coach of Jamaica’s Senior Males’s Nationwide Soccer Group throughout a deliberate Press Convention to be hosted by the Jamaica Soccer Federation (JFF) on the Jamaica Pegasus resort on Friday. 

Hallgrimsson replaces former Reggae Boyz star participant Theodore Whitmore, who was sacked final December, together with his then assistant and in addition former Reggae Boyz star Paul Corridor being employed as interim head coach by means of to this previous summer time. 

The 55-year-old Hallgrimsson is anticipated to take cost of Jamaica’s pleasant worldwide in opposition to international powerhouse Argentina at Crimson Bull Enviornment in Harrison, New Jersey, on September 27. Soccer legend Leo Messi has been named within the robust Argentina group. 

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The Icelander, a former participant, is greatest identified for guiding his nation to a first-ever FIFA World Cup Finals in Russia in 2018, and as co-coaches with Lars Largerback when Iceland, with a inhabitants of simply over 366,000 , superior to the quarter-finals on the 2016 Euro 2016 in France. 

He final coached at Qatari League membership Al Arabi from 2018 by means of to final 12 months. 

Dr Hallgrimsson, who’s already on the island, will come to the Reggae Boyz arrange with a help workers of assistant coach and goalkeeper coach. They’re anticipated to journey to Jamaica at one other time. 

Particulars of his contract and mandate are anticipated to be made public on the Press Convention on Friday. 

In the meantime, the brand new head coach has requested that six gamers be named as alternates for the 23-man squad chosen to oppose Argentina, although he was not concerned in chosen the gamers. That process was apparently undertaken by former Reggae Boyz head coach Wendell Downswell and Merron Gordon, who took cost of Jamaica’s final set of friendlies in Austria not too long ago. 

The squad consists of goalkeepers Dillon Barnes (Queen’s Park Rover), Jahmali Waite (Pittsburgh Riverhounds), and Kemar Foster (Waterhouse); defenders Adrian Mariappa (Macarthur FC), Richard King (Cavalier), Javain Brown (Vancouver Whitecaps), Jamoi Topey (Mount Nice), Joel Latibeaudiere (Swansea Metropolis), Gregory Leigh (Ipswich City), Amari’i Bell (Luton City), Damion Lowe (Inter Miami); midfielders Daniel Johnson (Preston North Finish), Bobby Reid (Fulham), Ravel Morrison (DC United), Kevon Lambert (Phoenix Rising), Kevin Stewart (Blackpool), Jonathan Russell (Huddersfield City); forwards Jamal Lowe (Bournemouth), Kaheem Parris (Dynamo Kyiv), Andre Grey (Aris), Shamar Nicholson (Spartax Moscow), Leon Bailey (Aston Villa), Michail Antonio (West Ham United. 

The six reserve embrace Maliek Howell (College of Memphis), Ricardo Thomas (Dunbeholden), Demario Phillips (Mount Nice), Jourdain Fletcher (Unattached, Corey Burke (Philadelphia Union), Coniah Boyce (goalkeeper, Studying FC).  

A notable absentee from the squad is Reggae Boyz captain Andre Blake, who not too long ago criticised the Michael Ricketts-led administration on social media when information broke that the appointment of the brand new coach was imminent. 

Blake had informed the Jamaica Observer newspaper that he didn’t know why he was not chosen as a result of he’s not injured. 

However Cedella Marley, ambassador of the Jamaica ladies’s programme, was left satisfied that his omission was because of his public criticism of the native governing physique. 

“How can the captain of our mens nationwide group not be referred to as up for this historic match in opposition to Argentina?” she wrote. “Why do I really feel he’s being punished for standing as much as the Jamaica Soccer Federation? The entire world is watching @jff_football,” Marley posted on Instagram. 

She added: “You may idiot some individuals generally however you’ll be able to’t idiot all of the individuals on a regular basis and now we see the sunshine STAND UP FOR YOUR RIGHTS,” phrases from certainly one of well-known father’s songs. 

In the meantime, Blake remained defiant in his stance when he spoke with the Jamaica Gleaner. “We now have a lot expertise which goes to waste due to lack of management and path. Coaches and gamers have been modified, however the outcomes stay the identical and there’s a widespread denominator. So what does that say?” 

He added: “You can’t run a joke program and count on gamers to take it critically. … In the event that they determine to not choose me once more, I’m advantageous. They won’t use the non-selection to interrupt me.” 

Then later Wednesday he issued one other put up of Instagram. “With power from the lord I’ll proceed to battle for what I imagine in. Even when I’ve to battle alone I’ll. Collectively we’re stronger…. Step up or stand up…. I stated what I imply and I imply what I stated.”

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