This conflict came to the fore-front after 22 of the 23 senior players refused to represent Jamaica in two upcoming games
The Jamaica Football Federation has clashed with the Reggae Girlz players because of payments and mismanagement.
This conflict came to the fore-front after 22 of the 23 senior players refused to represent Jamaica in two upcoming games. These matches are against Panama and Guatemala. The Jamaicans will be hoping to qualify for the Concacaf Women’s Gold Cup with wins in these games. The first game will happen on October 25 in Panama while the second one is scheduled for October 29 on local soil.
The players stepped down from the team in order to protest against “the JFF mistreatment.” These players represented Jamaica in the 2023 Fifa World Cup. The Reggae Girlz have accused the JFF providing poor training and late payments.
Some sources also claim that the players aren’t happy with the recent dismissal of former coach Lorne Donaldson. It is possible that the JFF dismissed him for being vocal about the issues that affected his players. Many Reggae Girlz fans were shocked that the JFF refused to give him a new contract although he led the Girlz to a successful World Cup campaign.
The JFF recently named Xavier Xavier Gilbert as the interim head coach of the Reggae Girlz.
JFF president has released a statement in which he claims that the federation will not be bullied by the players. He said that the rebellious players will be suspended until they find a compromise with the federation.
Coach Gilbert named a team that didn’t include the players who decided to step down from the team. The team will include:
Forwards – Sydnie Street (Seneca College), Ricshya Walker (LaSalle University), Mikayla Dayes (Rodez AF (France), Melissa Johnson (Charlton Athletic Women FC), Shaneil Buckley (Frazsiers Whip), Christina Salmon (William Carey University) and Natoya Atkinson (Seaward County)
Goalkeepers – Alliyah Morgan (George Mason University), Javanae Jones (Multnomah University) and Chris-Ann Chambers (Dinamo Sokhumi)
Midfielders – Jayda Hylton-Pelaia (Woodbridge Strikers), Chinyelu Asher (SCU Torreense),Marlo Sweatman (Viktoria Haladas), Davia Richards (Hill College), Israela Groves (London City Lionesses) and Destiny Powell (Frazsiers Whip)
Defenders – Zoe Vidaurre (George Mason University), Shanhaine Nelson (Cavaliers), Malikae Dayes (AAB (Denmark), Lauren Reid (University of Maryland), Tyiesha Nelson (Reinas Academy), Alika Keene (SK Slavia Praha Zeny) and Nevillegail Able (University of Maine at Fort Kent)