JAMAICA OBSERVER – Coach Winfried Schaefer has urged his players to remain hungry and charged them not to leave the USA without the CONCACAF Gold Cup trophy.
Should they win, the Jamaicans will walk away with US$1 million, while the runners-up will collect US$500,000.
Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz, playing in their first final, will meet Mexico in the decider at the Lincoln Financial Field today at 8:06 pm (7:06 pm Jamaica time).
“This is the final and we deserve the cup and we not going home without it. It’s your cup,” charged Schaefer.
The German told the players that they are “heroes” and that “your story will be everywhere motivating others”.
“Forget about everything and do it for your team, for your career, for your family, and for your country,” said Schaefer as he tried to fire up his players ahead of the big match-up.
He called on his players to continue to believe in themselves and that they should continue to do what they have done that has brought them this far, right on the cusp of footballing history.
“We are here to win, when no one believed us, we believed in ourselves and we defied the odds and made it [this far]… don’t start doubting yourself, [let’s] approach the match with the same energy, same discipline, same mentality.
“The USA was one hurdle, but we are not finished yet,” Schaefer reminded his glory-chasing players. He asked them to “remain humble” and not to lose the spirit of team.
“This is about the team not ‘I the player’. It’s about ‘we’ as there is no ‘I’ in team,” Schaefer said. “It’s important for your career to continue playing good (football), the football world is watching and we want them to know this is real and not a one-off thing as we didn’t reach the final by accident, we reached because we are the real deal.”