JFF seeks to ease fears over future of national senior women's programme

Report by RJRGLEANER Communications Group Sports Reporter Karen Madden

The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) is seeking to allay fears that the national senior women's programme will be disbanded after the Reggae Girlz failed to advance to this summer's Olympic Games. Sports reporter with the Philadelphia Inquirer Jonathan Tannenwald was among those expressing concern on social media platform twitter that Jamaica's senior national women's football programme was in danger of being disbanded following the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifiers.

With no CONCACAF senior women's tournament in 2021, the next international tournament is the 2022 qualifiers for the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup. That's a long window, but JFF General Secretary Dalton Wint is insisting that the federation has a plan to keep the team active.

Interim head coach Hubert Busby also expressed concern about the future of the women's programme. His sentiment was shared by former national women's team Charles Edwards. If the Reggae Girlz go inactive for 18 months, they will be unlisted in the FIFA rankings. An unlisted team has little chance of attracting qualify international friendlies.

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