Sunday 20 October, 2019

New JFF president to tackle Reggae Boyz low FIFA ranking

Jamaica's Reggae boyz.

Jamaica's Reggae boyz.

New president of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), Michael Ricketts says he is committed to providing more games for the Reggae Boyz in a bid to bring a halt to players being affected by the team's rankings.

Earlier this week, national goalkeeper Andre Blake and defender Kemar Lawrence saw potential transfers to the English  Premier League ruined because the Reggae Boyz are ranked out of the top 50.

To qualify for work permits to play in England, players should  play regularly for national teams ranked in the top 50 of FIFA's rankings.

The Reggae Boyz are ranked at number 61.

With that in mind, Ricketts says he wants to take advantage of international breaks in an attempt to get Jamaican players back into contention for places with English clubs.

"We are aware of the (work permit) problem, so we want to ensure that we play some more friendlies. We also want to look at having some games at the National Stadium. We must try to win back the fans at the stadium, as in days gone by it was a fortress," said Ricketts.

Jamaica's captain, Rodolph Austin now plays for Bronby in Denmark, but that move was forced after he failed to get a work permit tied to a three-year contract offer with Leeds United.

Another Reggae Boy, Darren Mattocks also found Jamaica's ranking in his way when English clubs came enquiring about the possibility of emplying the forward.

"We are talking to our agent and we will also be engaging the services of other agents overseas ...we will have an announcement to make in short order," said Ricketts.

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