JFF, Cedella recommit to partnership

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

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Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) President Michael Ricketts and Cedella Marley, global ambassador for Jamaica's women's football programme, are on the verge of ironing out a number of issues which could have caused a strain in their five-year partnership.

Both parties met to pave the way forward after problems came to the fore leading up to, during, and after the Reggae Girlz' participation at the Fifa Women's World Cup Finals in France in the summer.

The meeting was held on Saturday while Marley was still on the island after attending the Reggae Girlz' Concacaf Women's Olympic Caribbean Qualifying game against Barbados on Friday.

During the meeting, issues relating to the women's programme, including the current Women's Olympic Qualifiers and the upcoming Under-17 and Under-20 Women's Concacaf Championships due in the first quarter of 2020, were also placed on the table. It is felt that with the available talent, Jamaica stand a good chance of doing well in the Under-17 and Under-20 qualifying tournaments.

Discussions also surrounded the preparation of the senior team for the next stage of the Olympic Qualifiers, including the need for and, by extension, securing competitive international friendly games.

Both parties recommitted to the partnership with Ricketts reaffirming the JFF's appreciation to Marley, her support staff, and the Bob Marley Foundation for their “invaluable contribution to the development and growth of the sport”.

Marley, on the other hand, declared her continued support for the programme and committed to galvanising more international corporate support to the national women's programme.

Other matters on the agenda will be subject to further discussions and decisions.

Assistant coach to the Senior Reggae Girlz Lorne Donaldson, and Executive Label Manager, Tuff Gong International Myshjua Allen, also joined the meeting at a particular point.