Main Jamaica gamers, together with Manchester Metropolis ahead, Khadija Shaw, have expressed their “utmost disappointment” on the lack of help from the Jamaican Soccer Federation (JFF) forward of the Girls’s World Cup.
The gamers mentioned their focus had been hindered by a quantity points comparable to insufficient planning and entry to correct assets forward of the showpiece occasion, which kicks off on July 20 in Australia and New Zealand.
“Qualifying for a second World Cup is one thing most by no means imagined or thought attainable for the Reggae Girlz,” the gamers wrote in an open letter posted on social media on Thursday.
“At a time the place we ought to be targeted 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 have now sat down with the federation to respectfully handle issues ensuing from sub-par planning, transportation, lodging, coaching circumstances, compensation, communication, vitamin, and accessibility to correct assets.
“We now have additionally confirmed up repeatedly with out receiving contractually agreed upon compensation,” they added.
Reuters has contacted the JFF for a remark.
Earlier this yr, JFF President, Michael Ricketts, mentioned the governing physique was struggling to seek out the cash to fund the World Cup marketing campaign.
Chicago Purple Stars ahead, Cheyna Matthews, mentioned the mom of certainly one of her teammates on the Girls’s Skilled Soccer membership had began a crowd-funding marketing campaign to boost $100 000 for the Jamaica squad.
Every participant on the Girls’s World Cup can be assured at the very least $30 000 after Fifa earlier this month introduced a few of the prize cash could be disbursed to people fairly than nationwide federations.
The JFF introduced a sponsorship deal for the ladies’s workforce with a quick meals chain on Thursday and Ricketts instructed Nationwide Information Community the governing physique was taking the gamers’ issues critically.
“We need to make certain we offer as a lot as we will for the ladies, who we actually suppose will do very effectively on the World Cup,” he 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. – Reuters
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