Jamaica Girlz solidified a place in the history books earlier this year after becoming the first Caribbean nation to advance to the Round of 16 in the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. But as mounting issues continue to plague the team, including their World Cup bonus that has not yet been paid, members of the history-making squad have announced that they are unavailable for upcoming Gold Cup qualifiers.
The Girlz are scheduled to kick off their CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup qualifiers next week against Panama. Unlike the Central American country, Jamaica has yet to announce its squad. A majority of the senior team has announced their unavailability for the forthcoming qualifiers.
Among the concerns cited by the Girlz were the non-payment of the World Cup bonus as well as the lack of crucial staff, including a coach. Lorne Donaldson, who led the Girlz during their historic World Cup campaign, was ousted as head coach in September, with the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) announcing that his contract would not be renewed.
According to reports from TVJ News, some members of the Reggae Girlz’ backroom staff have also made themselves unavailable due to unpaid pay, which reportedly goes as far back as September 2022. As the Reggae Girlz’ Gold Cup future lies in limbo, staff members have expressed that they will not return until all outstanding funds have been paid.
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