“I am promising Jamaica [that] we’ll be qualifying for Qatar 2022!”
That was the bold pronouncement by general secretary of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), Dalton Wint, speaking on local television on Tuesday night.
“All the other teams that we will meet up in the World Cup [qualifiers] have started their league or who have not started, is planning to start. So we must do something, we must play, we haven’t a choice in this matter,” he noted, when quizzed further on the restart of the local Premier League.
Wint stated that the current administration is pulling out all the stops to ensure that Jamaica participates in the Fifa World Cup in Qatar 2022, a mission, he claims, his administration has been on since taking office.
“If you fail to prepare, you must prepare to fail and we are not gonna be a part of that going forward. We are preparing ourselves to be successful, because I know, based on what we have put together, we have been working three years now since we have come into office, to see this team through and we will. I am promising Jamaica, we’ll be qualifying for Qatar 2022,” he insisted.
Since announcing in September that local football would be resuming this year, the JFF have failed to make the first suggested restart date of November 14, and with the second suggested date of December 6 just around the corner, it is obvious that there won’t be any Premier League, or any other football for that matter, being played on the island for the remainder of 2020.
The importance of the restart is not lost on the general secretary, who is aware of the role local football plays in preparing players for the World Cup.