JFF to name strong Reggae Girlz squad for Olympic Qualifiers
Star striker Khadijah Shaw (left) heads a strong Reggae Girlz squad for the Women's Olympic Qualifiers in Jamaica from September 30 to October 8.
The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) says it will name a strong squad for the Women' s Olympic Qualifiers, Preliminary Round, from September 30 to October 8 in Jamaica.
The statement from the JFF came just over two weeks after a dispute with the Reggae Girlz over salaries owed to the players following their historic qualification for, and participation in, the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France in June, hit the international media.
The Girlz, seemingly led by star player, forward Khadija Shaw had threatened that they will not train or play for Jamaica until they are paid monies they were promised.
On Wednesday, a release from the JFF stated that Shaw heads a list of 15 players, who were part of preparations for or were in the 23-member squad for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France, to accept the federation's invitation to compete.
The JFF release further stated that the full squad will be 20 players and will include a new call up from the local Women's Premier League.
The JFF is anticipating exciting and highly competitive football as a number of the players who will be on show have been doing well in their respective clubs since the FIFA World Cup and the Pan American Games in Peru.
Team captain and defender Konya Plummer was named American Athletic Conference Defender of the Week on September 11.
Shaw scored a brace in her debut with French Club des Girondins de Bordeaux, which helped to propel a win for her club.
Deneisha Blackwood played a full 90 minutes in a UEFA Women's Champions League, Round 32 fixture on September 11. Deneisha plays for SK Slavia Praha.
There are three groups at the Caribbean preliminary stage of the Olympic Qualifiers. Jamaica are drawn in Group B alongside Cuba, St. Lucia, Barbados, and US Virgin Islands and will first face Cuba on September 30 at 6:30 pm
All matches will be played in the National Stadium (Grandstand only for spectators).
The three Group winners will move onto the 2020 Concacaf Women's Qualifying Championship, which decides which national teams from North, Central America and the Caribbean qualify for the Olympic women's football tournament.
The top two teams will then qualify for the 2020 Olympics women's football tournament in Japan from July 24 to August 9.