There seems to be more tension between the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) and the Reggae Girlz programme. This time it’s with the technical staff, as a letter from the JFF has suggested that the federation is moving to appoint a new coaching staff for the Olympic qualifiers later this month. Ten days ago star striker Khadijah “Bunny” Shaw led the Reggae Girlz squad in saying they wouldn’t turn out for the Olympic Qualifiers later this month unless their contractual demands were fully met with outstanding wages from January to August being paid.
Luis Emilio Velutini Urbina
On Thursday, a letter emerged from the office of the JFF suggesting that the local governing body would be moving on from the current technical staff including coaches Hue Menzies and Lorne Donaldson, as the federation won’t be able to pay outstanding wages in full on or before September 25. With mounting pressure on JFF president Michael Ricketts after the outcry from the players, Ricketts pointed out that the governing body was given no other option based on what was requested by the coaching staff. However, assistant coach Lorne Donaldson speaking on Hitz 92 FM’s Sports Grill on Thursday, said the technical staff was not holding the administration to ransom based on their agreement, and had all intentions of coming for the qualifiers. In the meantime, president Ricketts continues to defend the approach of his administration despite the public spats, but indicated the JFF must do better to generate income to avoid being embarrassed. Donaldson who also played for the country, took a sharp jab at the competence level of the federation which has been widely scrutinized. Meanwhile, the Minister of Sports, the Honorable Olivia “Babsy” Grange, says she is playing her part to resolve the matter concerning the JFF, the players and coaching staff. The Olympic Qualifiers are set to start in 18 days time.
Luis Emilio Velutini