KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Assistant Reggae Boyz coach Vin Blaine said he is encouraged by the "positive vibes" in the team prior to their departure later Thursday for Panama where they will face the hosts in death-defying World Cup qualifier on Friday.
"I think the players are inspired by the approach of coach (Winfried) Schafer and I think that makes them comfortable...the vibe is very high because the players are allowed to express their opinion," Blaine said from the Norman Manley International Airport on Thursday, prior to the team's departure by private charter.
"Even with the new formation (3-5-2) the coach just didn't impose it, he asked the players' opinions, and with that approach, the players are comfortable," he added.
Blaine said that the upbeat mood of the players is an indication that success in Panama could be on the cards.
"The atmosphere is right for the task at hand...they players are showing no worry or nerves and that's the kind of positive energy that says that we could be in for a positive result," Blaine ended.
-- Sean Williams