The Jamaica senior men’s football team members, the Reggae Boyz recently made a counterproposal in their ongoing negotiations with the (JFF) Jamaica Football Federation. The Fifa World Cup Qualifiers, the Concacaf Gold Cup and International Friendlies are deemed important by the players and federation hence both parties are currently trying to make things work.
The players and officials are currently going through a range of issues that include matters related to administrative governance, payment and the player’s welfare. The JFF earlier proposed US$500 per match, bonuses and US$ 3000 for World Cup Qualifiers however the Boyz counterproposed asking for US$2000 to US$3000 per game and added bonuses.
As a result of the fallout, we saw the Reggae Boyz play the USA recently with a very weak team and was smashed 4-1. Several of the players who played then were making their debut for the national team while on a positive note several local-based players got into the squad that travelled to Europe.
See Jamaica’s starting eleven vs the USA below.
Going forward the country and the team are looking for better results and performance which means that top players need to play however top players are use to be being paid handsomely and treated nicely, some the the JFF seemingly failed to do in recent times.
The players only have 2 months left to prepare and they are keen to end the negotiations as the coaching staff requires closure to the issues in order to select the best team that will show that they are committed to making Jamaica proud.
Apart of the release stated “The players and their representatives have maintained dialogue and exchanged written communication with the JFF through their legal counsel in an effort to resolve long-standing contractual issues… The players have also proposed a negotiating regime for managing communication and disputes in an effort to mitigate the risk of unwarranted conflict that becomes a distraction for all the stakeholders.”
The proposed terms listed in the counterproposal are regarded by many persons as normal for players at the international level and the negotiations will continue.