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Girlz all set to make South Africa trip - Ricketts

BY IAN BURNETT
Sport Editor

Sunday, March 24, 2019

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SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — Jamaica's Reggae Girlz are all set to journey to South Africa early next month to honour a friendly international fixture, while using the opportunity to hold a one-week training camp.

Jamaica Football Federation President Mike Ricketts confirmed to the Jamaica Observer yesterday that all was in place for the trip, after Senior Women's National Team Head Coach Hue Menzies had hinted of the possibility of the girls not journeying down to participate due to the failure of the parties to settle on contracts.

“Certainly, we will be going to South Africa. There were some pronouncements that there might have been some doubts, but that has been cleared. The technical team will be going, the team will be going, and in fact we have a contractual agreement with the South African FA and we are duty-bound to keep that — so that has been resolved,” Ricketts told the Observer from El Salvador.

The team leaves on April 1 and the game will be on the seventh, and the best players available and close to the World Cup roster are who are expected to make the long trip to the African continent.

“The coach would have been in contact with the players and, although the squad has not been named, I'm pretty certain that that will be done very soon,” Ricketts said.

So now President Ricketts believes everything is on stream for the South African trip and the World Cup, which starts on June 7. Jamaica begin play against Brazil on June 9, before engaging Itlay on June 14. They close out against Australia on June 19.

“As part of the process we will have another game in Jamaica on May 19 (against Panama) then the day after we go for a short camp in Florida.then I think the 24th or 25th we move to England where Jamaica National, one of our sponsors, will have a fete for the girls. then we go to Scotland, playing them on 28th, after which we go straight over to France,” advised Ricketts.

Yesterday he said the JFF's point person was actually in France at this time, trying to organise training venues and hotels.

However, he added that there was a bit of an eligibility issue with some players the technical staff wants to include, but which selection Fifa had asked be scrutinised properly.

These girls are said to have represented the United States at age group levels and Fifa wanted to make sure that the process of switching allegiance is done in accordance with its regulations, “so we are actually working on that via discussions with the coaches” Ricketts ended.


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