Speid expresses shock at Boyz climb in FIFA ranking

April 08, 2021
USA’s Chris Richards (left) duels for the ball with Jamaica’s Andre Gray during the international friendly soccer match between USA and Jamaica at SC Wiener Neustadt stadium in Wiener Neustadt, Austria, Thursday, March 25, 2021.
USA’s Chris Richards (left) duels for the ball with Jamaica’s Andre Gray during the international friendly soccer match between USA and Jamaica at SC Wiener Neustadt stadium in Wiener Neustadt, Austria, Thursday, March 25, 2021.
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Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) technical committee chairman, Rudolph Speid, said Jamaica's national team climbing two places up the FIFA Coca-Cola ranking, from 47 to 45, came as a surprise.

This, as the team only played four matches since the start of 2020, winning two and losing two.

He admitted he didn't expect much movement from the team in the ranking but assumed that the Theodore Whitmore-coached team might have benefited from the ill-effects of the coronavirus pandemic of other nations in the confederation.

"I am happy that we have moved up the ranking but I am a little bit surprised though, because we haven't played much last year.

Depended on what other teams

"We only played four games, we won two and lost two, so I expected us to remain roughly about the same place, but I guess a lot depended on what other teams were doing," he said.

Nevertheless, he thinks that unlike last year when games were limited because of the coronavirus pandemic, this year the team will be quite active with the Gold Cup set for July and the 2022 World Cup qualification schedule to kick off in September.

"I believe we can do much better. Once we get everything together we can rank in the top 20s, and I am happy we are heading in the right direction.

"Last year we only played four games. This year we have the Gold Cup on the World Cup, plus we have practice games in-between.

"So with the Gold Cup and World Cup qualifiers this year, we will have the opportunity to play a lot of games, and once we do better in most of the games we know that our ranking will be better. So this will give us a real good opportunity to improve our ranking," he stated.

"It is also an opportunity to look at our mistakes, it is an opportunity to correct them and step forward, and that is in the process of happening," he added.

In Jamaica's last four international fixtures, the Reggae Boyz lost to the USA and Saudi Arabia, while scoring victories over Bermuda and Saudi Arabia.

The Boyz next schedule game is a Gold Cup match in July against an opponent yet to be decided.

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