Reggae Boyz Antigua hotel nightmare now resolved
Jamaica's Reggae Boyz.
Jamaica's national senior team has settled into a new hotel in Antigua following the embarrassing scenario on Monday when the team was met by deplorable conditions at the Starfish Halcyon Cove Resort on the country's north-western coast.
The Reggae Boyz are scheduled to play Antigua and Barbuda in a Concacaf Nations League game on Friday.
Reports from Antigua said the players refused to report to training on Tuesday as many did not sleep Monday night due to a multitude of issues including faulty air conditioning units, mosquito infestation and the general state of the rooms.
Team manager Roy Simpson told the media that the team doctor expressed some serious concerns with the state of the rooms.
Consequently, the players sought assurances from the Jamaica Football Federation hierarchy that the situation would be urgently dealt with.
However, by late Monday, the JFF reported that they had resolved the accommodation issues.
“The JFF wishes to explain that the initial hotel chosen for accommodation came well recommended but it was learnt that current renovations had made many of the available rooms inappropriate and a health risk,” the governing body said in a statement released to the media.
“On hearing of the conditions and the dissatisfaction of the players and staff, the president immediately instructed that an alternative hotel should be secured. This was done and reports are that the delegation is now settled in the Verandah Resort and Spa. The JFF publicly apologises to the delegation for the inconvenience and embarrassment.”