Jamaica gamers slam federation over lack of pre-WWC assist


Main Jamaica gamers have expressed their “utmost disappointment” on the lack of assist from the Jamaican Soccer Federation (JFF) forward of the 2023 Ladies’s World Cup.

The gamers mentioned their focus had been hindered by a quantity points equivalent to insufficient planning and entry to correct assets forward of the showpiece occasion, which kicks off on July 20 in Australia and New Zealand.

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“Qualifying for a second World Cup is one thing most by no means imagined or thought potential for the Reggae Girlz,” the gamers wrote in a open letter posted on social media on Thursday.

“At a time the place we ought to be centered solely on getting ready to compete on the world’s largest stage, we’re sadly compelled to specific our utmost disappointment with the Jamaica Soccer Federation.

“On a number of events, we’ve sat down with the federation to respectfully handle considerations ensuing from sub-par planning, transportation, lodging, coaching circumstances, compensation, communication, diet, and accessibility to correct assets.

“We’ve additionally confirmed up repeatedly with out receiving contractually agreed upon compensation,” they added.

Reuters have contacted the JFF for a remark.

Earlier this 12 months, JFF President Michael Ricketts mentioned the governing physique was struggling to seek out the cash to fund the World Cup marketing campaign.

Chicago Crimson Stars ahead Cheyna Matthews mentioned the mom of one in every of her membership teammates had began a crowdfunding marketing campaign to lift $100,000 for the Jamaica squad.

Every participant on the Ladies’s World Cup will likely be assured a minimum of $30,000 after FIFA earlier this month introduced a number of the prize cash could be disbursed to people moderately than nationwide federations.

The JFF introduced a sponsorship deal for the ladies’s crew with a quick meals chain on Thursday, and Ricketts instructed Nationwide Information Community the governing physique was taking the gamers’ considerations critically.

“We wish to be sure that we offer as a lot as we will for the ladies, who we definitely suppose will do very nicely on the World Cup,” Ricketts instructed the radio station.

Jamaica, who misplaced all three video games at their first World Cup 4 years in the past, start their 2023 marketing campaign on July 23 in opposition to France in Sydney.


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