German coach Winfried Schaefer has been hired to lead Jamaica through its 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign.

Jamaica is last in the six-team CONCACAF group after four straight losses, including a 2-1 defeat to the first-place United States in Kingston last month.

The Jamaica Football Federation says the 63-year-old Schaefer, who replaces 1998 World Cup player Theodore Whitmore, has ''an impressive resume.''

Schaefer coached Cameroon at the 2002 World Cup and won that year's African Cup of Nations.

In the current World Cup qualification, he also coached Thailand, which has been eliminated.

Schaefer's first qualifier with Jamaica is a Sept. 6 trip to Panama. The Caribbean team visits the U.S. on Oct. 11.

Jamaica has a slim chance of finishing fourth, which would earn a playoff against New Zealand.