Qatar offers to fully fund training camp for Girlz - Ricketts

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Sunday, December 16, 2018

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — The President of the Qatari Football Federation Hamad Bin Khalifa Bin Ahmed Al-Thani has offered a fully funded training camp for the Jamaican female football team as they prepare for the FIFA Women's World Cup in France next year, it was announced on yesterday's start of four days of celebrations for the team.

Members of the team, plus coaches and support staff were presented with the keys to the city of Montego Bay by Mayor Homer Davis yesterday morning.

At a reception in Sam Sharpe Square, President of the Jamaica Football Federation Michael Ricketts said the offer was made while a delegation had made a stop in Doha on their way back from the draw in Paris to decide where the 24 qualifiers would be playing in the first round.

“We were in Qatar after the draw in France,” Ricketts said. “I was approached by their FA president and all he wanted to talk about was the girls and he has offered to underwrite a camp for the girls when it was convenient to us,” he noted.

Ricketts later told the Jamaica Observer that the offer could be more as the Qatari FA had also offered to sign a memorandum of understanding with the JFF “in support of whatever they can do for Jamaica's football”.

As far as camps were concerned, Ricketts added: “We have been working on a number of camps going forward, but as far as the offer from the Qatar FA (is concerned), we are to complete the discussions, it is just for us to continue the negotiations.”

Additionally, Mayor Davis, in his address, has made the Montego Bay Sports Complex available to the JFF and the women's team for training purposes, as well as practice games in preparations for the World Cup.

Ricketts lauded the members of the team saying: “You have made Jamaica's football marketable again. Jamaica has become a brand and the onus is on us as Jamaicans to protect that brand.”

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