TURNING THINGS AROUND Having been upstaged by less-fancied 139th-ranked Central Americans Nicaragua inside the National Stadium last Friday night, Jamaica’s head coach, Winfried Schäfer, has issued a call for his charges to lift their game, show mettle and just why they were CONCACF Gold Cup finalists. The 52nd-ranked Reggae Boyz were humbled in a shock 3-2 loss to the visitors in their first-leg CONCACAF World Cup 2018 Qualifier. The result means they have to go into tomorrow’s return leg ruthless, and to win by at least two goals to progress in their World Cup Qualification bid for Russia 2018. “When you play against Nicaragua, you have to play with accuracy and you have to play well. When number one (Jamaica, who went in the game as favourites) play against the second-place team, we have to play with direct accuracy,” said Schäfer. “You can’t win unless you improve on our game; that was how we beat the USA in the Gold Cup semi-finals. We were the underdog and we won the match,” he recalled at Friday’s post-match press conference. While dismissing assertions that his team might have underestimated Nicaragua, or went in the game a bit complacent, Schäfer notes that the Reggae Boyz will be looking to turn things around. “For the second leg, we can’t start this way. We have to press for the ball, and we have to go to Nicaragua with the motivation to win,” Schäfer stressed. “We have to concentrate; we have to believe we can change the match. I believe it,”Schäfer assured, ahead of Tuesday’s do-or-die game in Nicaragua. The must-win encounter will take place at the Estadio Nacional in Managua. Match time is 8:30 p.m. The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) reminds the public that it has organised a charter leaving Jamaica at 1 p.m. on match day tomorrow, travelling to Managua, Nicaragua. Persons interested can call the offices of the JFF at any time at (876) 92-61182. The cost is US$650 and covers air fare, ground transportation, taxes and match fee. The flight returns on Wednesday, September 9, at 7 a.m.
The Communities Ministry presented three tractors to local municipalities within various regions which were sourced for some $20 million to assist with effective sanitation management.Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan (fifth from left) with recipients of the donation and employees of Genequip during the handing over ceremonyThe tractors, which were procured by General Equipment Guyana Limited (Genequip), included attachments and standard tool kits. Regional bodies that are expected to benefit include the Linden Town Council, the Lethem Town Council and the Aranaputa Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC).Speaking to media operatives during the ceremony, Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan emphasised on the role that the machinery would play in the sanitation management process at the various municipalities. He noted that on many occasions, local bodies have been faced with difficulties when carrying out their waste disposal duties. As such, the tractors in addition to the attachments will be able to provide relief.Additionally, the Managing Director of Genequip Renger Van Dijk highlighted some of the uses of the tractor including land clearing and preparation and transportation of bulk items.