Coaches pleased with progress of U-20 reggae boyz in Brazil

March 6th, 2011

DAY two into Jamaica’s Under 20 football squad three week training camp in Brazil and coaches Andrew Edwards and Luciano Gama are already pleased with the progress of the Young Boyz.

However, senior team midfielder Oniel Fisher and goalkeeper Shaven Paul had to pull out of the evening session due to minor injuries.

Fisher suffered slight pain from an old knee injury and was ordered to rest for the evening, while Paul, who kicked the ground and hurted his ankle during the morning session, was forced to withdraw from the later session after aggravating the said injury.

But team doctor Carlton Fraser said the injuries were not too serious and the players should be back in training by Monday.

Meanwhile, during the morning session the coaches concentrated on working on the team’s shape, organisation and movement of the ball in offence, while the evening session was spent co-ordinating the team’s attack.

“We have been trying to get them in line with the ball from the defensive clearance from the opponent, bring it under control and passing it out. We also insisted on patience, trying to get them more composed and not to hurry the attack,” Edwards explained after yesterday morning training.

He noted that the workouts included physical preparation, flexibility and post-strength development as they are trying to incorporate as much as they can into the session with only three weeks to prepare the team.

Gama concurred that it is very important to include all the different aspects during the sessions as time is of the essence.

“The focus is to do everything in the sessions — physical, tactical and technical — because we do not have a lot of time left and we don’t want to lose anymore time, so we try to make the most of these beautiful conditions provided by the JFF to get the best of these players so they can qualify for World Cup,” he said.

“They are all in the right (frame of) mind and physically they are ready to do… their best for the team and their country,” he said.

The evening session was spent mainly working on ball possession and attack and both coaches were pleased with how the players were progressing.

“We started out with a warm-up game, which is to encourage the passing and possessional play of the team, which will be totally emphasised every day.

“Then we moved into crossing and finishing, with a lot of off the ball movement and different combinations, before we ended with a squad game.

“There were some technical areas that were obviously deficient, but as we continued through the session the players showed good adaptation to the instructions and demands and I see us heading in the right direction,” he told the Observer.


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